The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane by William V. Holtz, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s only daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It is rather controversial among Laura’s fans as a major premise of the book is that Rose, not Laura, was the real writer of the beloved Little House series of books.
Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Stephen W. Hines, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A collection of articles Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in the decades before the first of her “Little House” books came out. For about twenty years before her first book, “Little House in the Big Woods,” Laura was a regularly published writer of articles and essays in regional newspapers and farm magazines beginning in 1911.
The Iowa Story: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life in Burr Oak, Iowa by William Anderson Reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule This is a small book, only fifty-two pages long, but it ably fills in the story of the Ingalls’ year in the town of Burr Oak, Iowa. Of the many who research and write about Laura’s[…]
Our sweet little Siamese girl, Sheba, thinks proper cat-parents should be furry like her. She loves her papa’s winter beard.
We just drove through Iowa. Where most people may have seen lovely farm landscape, I’m a farmer and I saw nothing but a toxic nightmare with ruined soil. The only crops were corn and soybeans–both of which I avoid in food–with the few cattle in no-pasture feedlots. We couldn’t see the pigs or chickens; no[…]