Simple Christmas Pleasures — Wilder-Style and Local-Style

Last Saturday on the Wilder Homestead just outside Malone, New York, Laura and Almanzo Wilder fans gathered inside the Farmer Boy’s home for mulled cider and Christmas cookies. They sang carols and listened to readings of Christmas chapters from Farmer Boy. Admission to the historic home was free. I’d be surprised if there were not at […]

Honoring His Great-Great Grandfather — Author Charles Dickens!

Each moment you spend with your children is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live that moment together. The same is true for each moment you spend with others you hold dear — your husband, your parents, your grandparents, your friends, your brothers and sisters in Christ. On Wednesday afternoon Ray and I drove to Hermitage, Tennessee, […]

Almanzo Wilder, Mr. Wilder, and the County Fair

Malone, New York, had already been incorporated for 55 years when Almanzo Wilder was born in 1857. Today Malone has almost 6,000 residents. Ray and I spent the night there the night before we visited Almanzo’s childhood home. On our way to the homestead, we passed the county fairgrounds in Malone, which is in Franklin […]

A Visit to Almanzo’s Home

Our family has been celebrating the life and writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder this year, the 150th anniversary of her birth. We have published a video about her life, plus several videos about places she lived. You and your family can watch those free videos, as well as other history videos, here. When Ray and I […]

Lois Lenski, Children’s Author

One of my favorite memories of our homeschool years was the year we studied regions of America. That’s when I discovered old and frayed hardcover editons of Lois Lenski’s regional fiction books in the Urbana Free Library. I guess the most famous of Lenski’s regional books is Strawberry Girl, which won the Newbery Medal in 1946. […]