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January 6, 2016
"Writers from the natural world" - scaled.IMG_0079

The tag on our dining room table at last June's writing workshop called us "Writers from the Natural World." The actual name of my workshop is Writing from Nature. I loved the minor adjustment in our table sign. Every meal, I'd say something like, "Watch out—here comes a writer from the natural world, AWK AWK AWK." 

Last year's inaugural Writing from Nature workshop showed us that moving through nature, without a particular agenda, followed by free writing and some guided writing, works. Our goal was to help writers get to new ideas and...

December 18, 2015
My favorite bits on what the holidays should really mean - Christmas Day in Deep River

"A man began enumerating all the things that had bothered him about his family at their last Christmas reunion: His brother had been overly critical of his wife, his father had watched television during most of the family conversations, his mother's cheerfulness had verged on hysteria, and his sister's children had been out of control. He summed up his reaction to the holiday by saying, 'I wouldn't mind spending Christmas with my family—if only they'd behave.' " —Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli, Unplug the Christmas Machine ...

December 2, 2015
Book is in to the publisher - Photo_ravine_RWL-132

Hi everybody,

I've come up for air. I was working very hard the last several months, not only editing Connecticut Woodlands magazine for CFPA and Appalachia journal for the AMC, but finishing my book about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Libertarians on the Prairie.

Writing a book like this after a decade and a half of research feels like bringing a new being into the world. It was a huge effort. Now I'm waiting for my editor to finish reading the manuscript, obtaining permissions for quotations and photographs, and thinking of what my next book project will be...

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