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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...

August 9, 2016
Libertarians on the Prairie Coming Soon - Libertarians3_use this cover

“Libertarians on the Prairie is a fascinating expose of the ideological underpinnings of one of America’s best-loved stories. Who knew that the Laura Ingalls Wilder franchise was actually political propaganda?” — Jane Mayer, staff writer, The New Yorker Magazine, and author of, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right." 

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My book about the pioneer myth created in the Little House books is...

July 15, 2016
Long 91-Mile Trail - IMG_0051

My husband Nat and I are back from our 91-mile adventure on the Long Trail!

We met some incredibly strong, funny, thoughtful, adventurous people. And trekked for two days with our dear friend and mountain companion Skip. Thanks, Candlelight and Velveeta, Trailspice, Becky and Levi, the Utah couple, Babyface and Stefan, and the Three Remaining Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Famine, War, and Death)! You inspired us. And thanks to the Let's Go Crew (Allas-y, Konesburg, and Basai), who found my backup alcohol stoves at Cowles Cove and mailed them back to me from Jonesville, Vermont....

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