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February 7, 2015

Today's Laura Ingalls Wilder's 148th birthday, and Google's Doodle took note. Americans are thinking about the pioneer author, and I know the time is ripening for my next book, Libertarians on the Prairie: The Creation of a Pioneer Myth, which I hope will be out within the next year.

The Little House books, about life on the American frontier, have inspired millions who love their optimistic simplicity and pluck. What few realize is that this beloved series wandered far from the family...

February 2, 2015
Announcing the keynote speaker at my June writing workshop - mark_kramer_CROPPED


Announcing the keynote speaker at my Writing from Nature workshop this June 12-14: Mark Kramer, narrative writer and teacher, director of Boston University's The Power of Narrative writing conference, my writing workshop leader, and author of the books Three Farms, Invasive Procedures, and more. Sign up by March 1 to get a 10-percent discount. A beautiful Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, two nights, all meals, all guidance and materials...

December 30, 2014
New Hampshire circuit - Around the Lake

I have just returned from the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My knee has been acting up, so I did not hike very much—just the Around-the-Lake Trail in Crawford Notch. I gave two evening talks, one at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch, and the other in Pinkham Notch Visitors' Center below Mount Washington. The subject was the new Appalachia anthology, No Limits But the Sky.

I met a man who worked briefly with cartographer and adventurer Brad Washburn near the end of Washburn's...

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