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Notes from a Western Life at WindbreakHouse.WordPress.com

You can continue to read the blogs here, however a few of the very long blogs under the category of "Writing: Where I've Been" will only appear on the WordPress blog.



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Blacksmith or Wordsmith

Iron legs from yesteryear.

Smaller iron items inside.

The scrap-iron table.



Dust, Grass, and Writing

Like the native grasses, the roots of writing go deep and reach out in many directions.

Tough prairie grass roots splitting open a rock.

Green life may be found under dry debris.


Fringed Jacket Foofaraw

Turtle carved from bone.

Turtle made of silver.

Warrior Woman pin.

George's grizzly bear claw earring.

Powwow jingle cones made of tin.

Brass bell.

A tiny dream catcher.

Harley Owners' Group pin in honor of Jerry.

Wally McRae's cufflink and tooth.





South Dakota Poet Laureate? Not Right Now, Thanks.


"An older writer, conscious of his or her limited life span, may have specific projects in mind to complete. Thus, requiring that the Poet Laureate travel and teach extensively may exclude older writers regardless of their worthiness to hold the position."



Don't just click "like" about some political story you read.


Pick up the phone or write a letter and make a difference.



Ah! The Bathtub.

A brass hook on a nearby wall to hold my robe or a towel.

A removable wire basket stretches across the tub to hold my soap and sponges.



Windbreak House
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If you Like me on this Facebook page you'll get notifications of my newly-posted blogs as well as announcements about my books, writing retreats, and other events to do with Windbreak House.

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No kitten videos, but I post Tuesday Writing Tips, Wednesday Word Posts, and various other writing-related stories, announcements, book reviews, photos and the occasional joke.



Ah, Spring!


Want to know more about this critter?

See the Gallimaufry Page for more about the bird, including more photos, and some odds and ends that don't fit anywhere else on this website.



More Stories and Essays by Linda
may be found on this website.

* Home Page Message archives
Many of these essays have writing advice. All have photos, some have recipes, a few have poems.

* Poetry Page essays
Read suggestions for writing and performing poetry and the stories behind some of Linda's poems.

* Critter Stories
Brief stories and photos of birds and wildlife seen on Linda's ranch may be found on this page.

* Gallimaufry Page
Stories and photos that don't fit anywhere else.



Linda on YouTube

Nancy Curtis, publisher and owner of High Plains Press, recorded a couple of videos of Linda reading her poetry and posted them on YouTube.

To see Linda read "Where the Stories Come From"
click here.

To see Linda read her poem "Make a Hand"
click here

Or go to www.YouTube.com and search for Linda Hasselstrom.

You may also want to visit the High Plains Press facebook page where you will find these two poetry videos and much more about the many great western books-- poetry and non-fiction-- published by High Plains Press.

Thanks, Nancy!

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Dawn Wink: “Raven’s Time”

June 24, 2013

Tags: Story Circle Network, Writer: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink's book Meadowlark
will be released July 30, 2013.

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Dawn Wink, the author of the forthcoming novel Meadowlark, (Pronghorn Press) based on the lives of her real ancestors, was raised on a ranch in southeastern Arizona but writes about northern South Dakota which she visited often as a young adult when her parents moved to their ranch south of Faith, SD.

Dawn has just returned from Chicago where, she says, “I go to teach construction workers how to teach. What an inspiring, humbling, and always amazing time.” Dawn is teaching the online class "Raven's Time: Wildness and Beauty" through Story Circle Network. For more about the concept of "raven’s time" see Dawn's blog about the class here.

Dawn says “This class explores the beauty and wildness of place through the symbolism of natural elements: including ravens, water, skulls, turquoise, textures, beauty, and wildness. This course reveals these dynamics and seeks to bring understanding through wisdom from the landscape and natural elements. Will focus on content and the craft of writing.” The class is conducted through email, from August 12 through September 9. See a full description of the class at the link above, or go to the Story Circle website, click on "Story Circle Network online" then "Story Circle Network online classes."

I've never met Dawn, but have carried on a lively correspondence with her mother, Joan, also an educator, whom I finally met last year. Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores the tensions and beauty of language, culture, and place. Her first book, Teaching Passionately: What’s Love Got To Do With It?, co-written with Joan Wink, was published in 2004 by Pearson. Dawn is an Associate Professor at Santa Fe Community College, her essays and articles have appeared in journals and magazines. Dawn started a literary, educational, and artistic blog community, Dewdrops, in 2011. Dawn lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

You might also look up other classes on the Story Circle website. The Story Circle Network is an international not-for-profit membership organization made up of women who want to document their lives and explore their personal stories through journaling, memoir, autobiography, personal essays, poetry, drama, and mixed-media. On the site you’ll find guidance to online classes, reviews of books by and about women, contests, awards, a speakers’ bureau, want ads, resources for writing your own life, a bookstore, links to other websites and much much more. Look on the website to discover a story circle in your own neighborhood; they exist all around the world.

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For more information:

The Story Circle Network website is www.storycircle.org

Dawn Wink's blog may be found at dawnwink.wordpress.com

Linda will be giving the keynote speech at the Story Circle Network national women's memoir conference in Austin, Texas on April 11, 2014.
Read about it on this website at Where in the World is Linda M. Hasselstrom?

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