The Animal I Slept With This short essay ran on KZUM’s Platte River Sampler yesterday (July 2, 2015). It came from my new book, Prairie Landscapes. I call the book a mashup of Ted Kooser’s Local Wonders, Roger Welch’s Shingling the Fog, and my own lifetime of environmental journalism. The book brings you face-to-face with the prairie, but this particular story is more face-to-face than I wanted to be. You’ll find KZUM at 89.3 on your FM dial, but if you’re out of range, go to http://www.kzum.org. Just click on Listen Live for new segments of the Platte Valley Review (Thursdays 6 -7 p.m.)
The War Back Home This excerpt from my memoir, Threshold aired on radio station KZUM earlier this month (March, 2015). It came out of a couple of days reading microfilm at the home town library in Blue Hill. You’ll find it at 89.3 on your FM radio dial, or online at http://www.kzum.org. Just click on Listen Live for new segments on the Platte Valley Review (Thursdays 6 -7 p.m.) or look in archives for the ones that have already run.
Driving into Emptiness Have you ever thought about how your food gets to you? Unless you grow it yourself, it probably comes in a truck–one of those big ones with lots of wheels. The people who drive those trucks live very much disconnected from homes and families and they’ve developed a kind of community of their own. Driving a truck for about a year, I learned a lot about that community, so here’s an excerpt from my short story about a woman who drives a truck.
Building the Parachute on the Way Down What do you do when your little boy wants to help a homeless man? Tell him sharing’s only for kids, only when it’s convenient, only for people like us? Little kids can make you feel like you really are building the parachute on the way to the ground.
Platte Valley Sampler — Hazel’s Trip This reading is excerpted from a chapter of my book Threshold. Platte Valley Sampler is a new radio program on KZUM that runs from 6-7 pm. Thursdays. The sampler intends to showcase Nebraska talent–actors, authors, poets, and even some music. You’ll find it at 89.3 on your FM radio dial, or online at http://www.kzum.org. Just click on Listen Live for new segments or look in archives for the ones that have already run.