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November 17, 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder as a Voter - Alf Landon 1936

Laura Ingalls Wilder devotees asked themselves last week how Laura might have voted in the recent election. I don't think I have to answer that directly. Laura was approaching her later years when women were granted the vote. But assuming that she did go to the polls in her lifetime, let's look at how she might have voted in 1936. She and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane were in the thick of their collaboration on the Little House books, shaping Laura's pioneer and farming childhood around the themes of courage, individual rights, love of the wilderness, and optimism. 

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September 5, 2016
Testimonials on Writing from Nature workshop - image

Here are a few elements writers liked about the second annual Writing From Nature workshop:

"Tailoring to different genres and skill levels."

"The venue was quiet and undisturbed."

"Positive, encouraging vibe."

"Amazing and inspiring atmosphere."

"Wonderful meals and great people."

"Keynote talk Saturday evening, sharing of the five formative events that led to [Chris's] career as a writer."...

August 30, 2016
Writing Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneer life - Map, Laura and Rose locales

This map by my talented colleague Karen Ward records all of the homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, the novelist and libertarian-movement founder Rose Wilder Lane.

Look at the dates for Mansfield, Missouri. Two key periods, in the mid-1920s and again from 1928-1935, found both Laura and Rose living on Rocky Ridge Farm. There they began the collaboration on the beloved pioneer stories, the Little House books.

An eyeball at this map reminds us that Rose's wider travels—she lived on both coasts (and Europe, not shown, of course)—and her publishing...

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