Category Archives: Arkansas

Following the Butterfield Overland Mail Route

September 16, 1858 — In the early mist of a warm Ozark morning, John Butterfield rose from the seat of the stage, lifted his whip over the backs of a team of six horses, and cracked open the late summer … Continue reading

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Naked in the Bayou

Or Unidentified                                                   Health School Wilderness Schools and Reminiscence They’re almost invisible today, all grown up within … Continue reading

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Arkansas’ Last Pony Express Rider

Sometimes a story carries many surprises, and this one did just that. One never knew who would be on the other end when answering the telephone at the newspaper. And some stories were so surprising I’d actually go mute. An … Continue reading

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Stories From Wandering

Above: Logan spins a yarn while Chub reacts Here’s a bite from a story included in the first book I had published. It was in April, 1994 and I carried the manuscript with me to an OWL meeting where W. … Continue reading

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Between The Devil & the Deep Blue Sea

Looking for yet another excuse for not keeping up my blog posts, I think I found a good one. You’re going to like this. I FORGET. Between writing two books a year, editing and rewriting and trying to come up … Continue reading

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Cabin In the Land of the Indians

Over the years I’ve learned that people aren’t as interested in facts and figures of history as they are about the people who lived the life during those days long past. So I’m trying to stick to that in these … Continue reading

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We Didn’t Know Any Other Way

There was a time when people lived without electricity, central heat and air, refrigeration, insulated homes. The list goes on. As an author of historical fiction and nonfiction. I’ve researched much about how people lived in America in the 1800s … Continue reading

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SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS

SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS Here I am, traveling to the Women Writing the West Conference in Albuquerque. That calls for us to drive through Texas, my favorite state with the exception of my home state of Arkansas. Why do I really, … Continue reading

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What Comes Next? / Small Publishers Rock

Late last week, sitting at my desk, fingers on the keys, I found nothing to write. What was going on? Ah, yes, I’d finished my book, in this case two books, and didn’t have the foggiest what might be next. … Continue reading

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Researching Uncovers Exciting Finds

In the background are the bluffs where the mines are located. Several old millstones stand against the rocks from an old mill in the area. A couple of weeks ago we traveled to the site of a gold mine here … Continue reading

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