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Rules of the Great Depression: Make Do

There were four rules of The Great Depression that helped folks make it through those tough economic times. Use it up Wear it out Make do Do without Yesterday we talked about using up what we've got and wearing it out. Today, we're going to discuss making do. We live in a culture of disposables. Nothing [...]

The Rules of the Great Depression: Use It Up. Wear It Out.

There were four rules to surviving the Great Depression: Use it up Wear it out Make do Do without Folks in my soon-to-release novel A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression (coming March 27...wink, wink) had to follow these rules in order to hold onto their hard earned (and often hard to come by) [...]

I found home here.

From the day I moved into the college dorm my freshman year until the day of my wedding I lived the life of a nomad. From dorm rooms to summer housing on campus to an apartment to a spare room to sharing a room with a six year old (who is turning 20 this year...yowch), [...]

11 Facts about Black Sunday

If you read A Cup of Dust you know that the story ended on Palm Sunday, 1935. All seems well. Sunny, bright, blue sky, the dust is over. If, however, you know the history of the Dust Bowl, you are aware that the day didn't end the way it started. A Trail of Crumbs (releasing March 27) [...]

4 Ways Depression Era Housewives Were Tougher than I am

It's no big secret. I'm not the world's best housewife. But when compared to the housewives of the 1930s? Oh, please. I'm like a little slug compared to them. I did a good deal of research into what life was like during The Great Depression for the Pearl Spence Series.  The women of that era? [...]

Finding friends in books.

I remember the first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was in eighth grade and going through a rough time. My best friend had just decided that she didn't want to be my pal, let alone my best one. I had a terrible perm, out of style clothes, and a whole [...]

5 Depression Era Tricks for Saving on Groceries

  I consider myself a frugal shopper. I clip coupons, compare prices, shop the sales. But my accumulative savings are nothing - NOTHING - compared to the housewives of the Great Depression. While researching for the Pearl Spence Novels, I learned how the women of the 1930s managed their shopping budgets during those tough economic times. [...]

Open your eyes. You’re home.

When I was a kid we went on several road trips. Most of them took us to Ludington where we visited family, ran up and over sand dunes, and let the waves of Lake Michigan push us here and there and everywhere. The drive there was full of anticipation. I couldn't hardly wait to play [...]

Truth Still Matters

We have a winner of Amelia Rhodes' amazing new book Pray A to Z! Congratulations, Amy Nemececk! I'll be emailing for your address and I'll get your book in the mail soon! A week ago I read an article that the Oxford Dictionary had decided on their word of 2016. As a bit of a logophile (someone [...]

When We Pray

When I was in first grade my friend Stephanie was diagnosed with a rare disease. Now, I don't remember what it was called, but I know that at the time I didn't realize how serious it was. I remember, though, that she had to undergo bone marrow transplants and that she had more than a [...]