Tag: A Cup of Dust

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…

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…

6th Grade, The Berlin Wall, Hasselhoff, and Joy

In 6th grade we were assigned a report on a country. We could choose. It had to be a certain length and we had to make a poster to accompany our report. My friends chose happy countries like Sweden and Australia. I chose East…

My worth is not held in the stars

I’m going to admit a little secret. I read my reviews. Yeah, I know I probably shouldn’t. It gives fuel for the inner voice that’s mean to me. And the good reviews can inflate my head/ego. But I can’t stop. I’ve tried. And all along,…

The Martian, The Dust Bowl, and The Will to Live

This weekend my husband and I went to see The Martian. It was every bit as good as I’d hoped, maybe even a little better. I know I’m enjoying a movie when I don’t analyze plot and characterization and just get pulled into the…

The Next Year People

The people living in the wasteland of the Dust Bowl region knew suffering. It was beside them, trickling in through every crack in the roof, they breathed it in with every inhalation. Suffering was ever present in their every moment. Still, many of them…

Sweet Mary Spence

 A few years ago I went to an antique store with my mom. She likes to look through the beautiful dishes and wall hangings and such. I find the nooks where the boxes of old family pictures are. There’s something sad about sorting through…

In the Market for a Hero

As I read about President Roosevelt’s role in recovering the nation during The Great Depression, I learned how much of a hero he became to many of the people. They hung pictures of him on the wall, they prayed for him, respected him, listened…

Selfies with Food — Crazy Wacky Cake

In the Dust Bowl (the setting for A Cup of Dust, releasing this October), folks had very few options for groceries. They often got food from the “Relief Truck”, but didn’t always get fresh items (like dairy items or meat). They had to make…

Selfies With Food — Farmer’s Breakfast

During the Great Depression folks did what they could with what they had to fill their tummies. They wanted something that would “stick to the ribs”. Farmer’s Breakfast (or poor man’s breakfast) was one such meal. Grandma Pearl made this often and so did…

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