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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...

September 27, 2015
Sunday afternoon thoughts - IMG_2840

Here in southern California—er, I mean rainless Deep River, Connecticut—my husband and I visited for a few hours this afternoon with my sister Annie. She and her daughter, Shannon, were on their way back to New Jersey after a weekend spent relaxing in Rhode Island with our sister-in-law Julie. Something about walking around the neighborhood with sympathetic souls that makes a day wonderful. We share a kinship around being the only sisters in a family of boys, and two siblings who support each other through the changing tides of life. I love watching her care for her daughter...

September 15, 2015
Retreat over, have emerged - Madison and Adams clouds

I retreated to Randolph, New Hamphire. For two weeks. I wrote and edited chapters of my next book, Libertarians on the Prairie. I revised and printed out. I revised again and printed out again. I looked at Mount Madison and Mount Adams, visible from my writing table. At around day ten, I encountered a headwind in my mind, and I could not think about my book. So I went into town for breakfast and began driving around rural Shelburne, where the Appalachian Trail crosses Route 2 shortly before the Maine border. Three thru-hikers (hiking from Georgia to Maine) were hitchhiking,...

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