Just ten years ago I took my first hesitating and dubious steps toward authorship. My reception on the part of the public has been so much kinder than I expected, and the audience that has listened to my stories with each successive autumn has been so steadfast and loyal, that I can scarcely be blamed for entertaining a warm and growing regard for these unseen, unknown friends. Toward indifferent strangers we maintain a natural reticence, but as acquaintance ripens into friendship there is a mutual impulse toward an exchange of confidences. In the many kind letters received I have gratefully recognized this impulse in my readers, and am tempted by their interest to be a little garrulous concerning my literary life, the causes which led to it, and the methods of my work. Those who are indifferent can easily skip these preliminary pages, and those who are learning to care a little for the personality of him who has come to them so often with the kindling of the autumn fires may find some satisfaction in learning why he comes, and the motive, the spirit with which, in a sense, he ventures to be present at their hearths.
This collection of letters tells the story of Josiah Mourison and his family as they settle the West. Letters exchanged by Josiah and his family members in New Jersey are transcribed here. The hardships endured mix with the cost of flour and tea, as Josiah repeatedly promises his family back east that he will return. A trip he never makes. Feel the full range of emotions as illness, crop failure, theft, and death keep Josiah from a return visit. Scholars and everyday people alike will enjoy reading about America in the mid-1800s.
MY HOME AND NATIVE LAND is a story based on factual events, about the struggles of a young man growing up in a tribal family with a drug addiction environment. By the in family ignorance and under different circumstances he habitually was changed in behavior. Some events are based on real life of a native child. This is the story of Frances, as told by him. His life starts when he born in a tribal community of North America. His people have great Expectations for him to learn humility, and the value culture of the tribe, Frances tells the story of the other aspects of life in his community and family within invisible boundaries which could not make him a better child. He tells how much a child needs the care from his family to grown up a better human. His life as a foster child and how it affected his life is explored. He speaks of the pressure to use drugs and commit crimes to survive. Through his story he shows how the fake freedom of drugs and sex without restrictions or boundaries in families affects in the life of children and burns their soul.
"When Everything Changed . . ." is a story set in the closing days of the frontier in Montana Territory. Daniel McHarg, a Canadian burdened by a tragic loss, went west to leave his sorrow behind and build a new life. Although he quickly finds himself immersed with characters and adventures that could only exist in the 19th Century American West, at its heart the story is about his love for a woman he met on a Missouri River steamboat and almost lost.
A small collection of poems for the empty home whence longing, longing, longing comes.