The Everyday Stories of Family Life


Ready for church - 1951

Ready for church – 1951

I did not have an extraordinary childhood. Not in the blow your mind, Angela’s Ashes, bestseller memoir sense.  I grew up on a small dairy farm with my mom and dad and two sisters, cows, chickens, pigs, a dog, and a barn full of cats. We could not have been more average.

Yet my memoir has struck a chord not only with readers who grew up in Iowa or on farms but also with many who grew up in the middle of the 20th Century.

Susan Weidener at the Women’s Writing Circle invited me to share my memoir-writing experiences, along with the lessons I’ve learned in the process, in a guest post on their blog today. Come on over and join the discussion as I talk about The Everyday Stories of Family Life.


  1. Your upbringing sounds pretty wonderful to me. But then I’m a crazy animal loving person.

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