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March 25, 2015
Getting ready to find new ideas - Black path rock wall_Get This

My best ideas for writing come when I carry no pen, pad, or recorder. I trudge up a muddy hill. I pick up a branch that fell in the path and fling it off into the leaves. The mud smells like minerals. I'm fighting through an old dialogue with a difficult colleague, or mentally turning around my recipe lists for the coming holidays. I didn't have time for this walk. I had time for this walk. I should have come earlier. I could have waited until later. I'm wearing the wrong jacket; I'll get too hot. A flock of geese wobble overhead. They're never really in a V. A big...

February 10, 2015
Laura Ingalls Wilder died on this day in 1957 - Laura Ingallswilder-booksigning_newspaper photo 1952

A few days ago, on February 7, the world—that is, Google, and Laura Ingalls Wilder fans—noted the 148th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Today is perhaps a more significant anniversary: the 58th anniversary of her death.

Laura was the author of the famous "Little House" books, beloved by millions of children and adults, responsible for a new view of the American frontier and the people who settled it. Between 1930 and 1943, she had drafted nine books—eight...

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...

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