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December 21, 2016
A misbehaving horse's lesson - IMG_0724

I took riding lessons for a few years, starting at age 49. At first I had no instincts. I lacked courage, and the horse knew it. I sometimes praised a misbehaving horse, hoping he would behave soon. He would turn the opposite direction from what I’d just directed—to test me—and I would not correct him. My teacher, Terry Schreiber, would grab the horse’s bridle, yank it, turn him the right way, and sometimes give a slap. She’d look up at me and say, “See? He wants to be disciplined.” The horse sighed, deeply, like a shudder almost. “Hear him...

December 1, 2016
Walking into new ideas: 2017 workshop set for June 2-4 - IMG_0689

I published Libertarians on the Prairie this fall after many years of work. At various points over the past 15 years, I doubted I would be able to finish it. But through the help of trusted teachers and colleagues, and my regular rambles, runs, and hikes in the low and high backcountry, I kept my eye on what I knew, committed, and I wrote the drafts.

Now that it's out, I ask, what book calls me next? I am walking through my ideas here in southeastern Connecticut....

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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