A Sense of Place

“I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.” William Faulkner When asked, I usually offer wannabe writers that hoary old advice, “write what you know.â€? For a lot of people who put pen to paper do just […]

Three Chords and the Truth

Growing up in Marcus in the western part of the great state of Iowa, we got to experience music that our eastern Iowa cousins never really got a hold of. They were oriented to sophisticated Chicago but we seemed to take to — and relate to — the wide open prairies of the west. Perhaps […]

Dance Combos

Once upon a time there were dance halls across rural America. That time was in the 1930s and’40s–and everybody danced. It was the Big Band era of Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller et al. who had hit records and were all over the radio–and juke boxes. Those famous 21-piece national aggregations never appeared at the […]