My Personal Hero – Samue...

Aug 28, 2014 by

I learned about  Samuel J. Reader early on in the research for my book.  I believe our paths were meant to cross-his diary entries...

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Happy Birthday Hope Amid Hards...

Aug 21, 2014 by

One year ago the stories of the sixty men and women in Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory made their first...

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Where Does Your Writing Take Y...

Jan 10, 2014 by

January 10, 2014 Like me, I’m sure you have seen colorful posters in libraries and schools that proclaim reading can take one...

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Journaling for a New Year

Jan 1, 2014 by

January 1, 1856: “Sunrise -8 degrees . . . Sundown 14 degrees. A Happy New Year! 2150 miles from my former home.” This is...

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Food Chains, Food Webs, and Wo...

Jul 31, 2013 by

July 13, 2013 I needed to write my blog post tonight, but I just wasn’t quite there yet. So, I did what I usually do when I...

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Ordinary Words Become Extraord...

Jul 3, 2013 by

July 3, 2013 As I have written here before, I believe in the importance of the written word and its role in our history, whether the...

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Dream Another Dream

Jun 5, 2013 by

Hardly believing it was already June, I turned the calendar page and read the quote for the new month: “You are never too old...

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Pioneers and Mothers

May 11, 2013 by

May 11, 2013 The mothers I read about in my research on early Kansas, though living in a very different setting, had the same hopes...

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