The True Spirit of Oklahoma

One of the things I love best about Oklahoma is the kindness people show each other.  While it’s probably not unique to Oklahoma — I’m sure people everywhere can be found being kind to each other — it seems to be something that Oklahomans do more than most. A couple of years ago, I was … Continue reading The True Spirit of Oklahoma

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Nostalgic Musings

What I wouldn’t do to go back to the 17 year old me with the understanding that — though not perfect — home is where people know you. It’s where you don’t have to explain why and how you think the way you do because you’re all a product of similar experiences.

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Jackrabbits: The Plague of the Dust Bowl

Having grown up in Oklahoma — and as the daughter, granddaughter and niece of more than a dozen Dust Bowl survivors — I relied heavily on the stories I’d been told over the years to write my book, The Edge of Nowhere.  My dad has always been a prolific storyteller, so I had no end … Continue reading Jackrabbits: The Plague of the Dust Bowl

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The Soil That Gives Me Strength

One of the things I miss most about Oklahoma is the rich red dirt.  I didn’t appreciate it when I lived there.  In fact, I probably didn’t like it much because it stains everything.  As a child, I remember having brand new, sparkling white, tennis shoes and — the first time I wore them outside … Continue reading The Soil That Gives Me Strength

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The Original Bodice-Ripper and the Emergence of the Romance Novel

Recently I read an article on NPR entitled Happily Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances.  Apparently NPR had taken a poll of readers to discover what romance novels would rank in the top 100.  They had to close the poll early because the response was overwhelming.  Everybody had an opinion. On the list was some of … Continue reading The Original Bodice-Ripper and the Emergence of the Romance Novel

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