As I drove west toward Grand Island, Nebraska, the psychic battle for my literary allegiance kicked into high gear.
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As a mother of two back in New Jersey, I had a finite amount of time for this solo road trip. But how could I forsake paying homage to this literary trailblazer, this unmarried, childless American woman whose formative years were spent in Red Cloud before she herself hit the road?
The hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska was made, and I headed south on Highwaypassing through small towns separated by undulating fields of corn, soybeans, and prairie grass.
The late August sun beat hot and steady, and the sky seemed to get bigger the further south I traveled. Still stuck in my Beat frame of mind, I fairly sailed down that road between Hastings and Red Cloud, eager to get there, get there.
Inside I learned that I had just zipped past the road to the Pavelka House, home of Annie Pavelka, real-life inspiration for Antonia, a Bohemian immigrant, and my heart sank. I did not plan to go back that way, and that loss reminded me of the importance of easing up on the accelerator. Hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska Cather was born in Virginia inand her family migrated west, to Webster County, Nebraska when she was nine years old, leaving the comfort and lushness of their eastern farm to join other pioneering family eoman on the prairie.
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In a room next door, a half-dozen men in overalls and caps nursed womzn beers, stretching the lunch hour amid the pool tables. After lunch I drove over to the Burlington Depot, an restored train station. While in Red Cloud, Cather had the hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska to fat ass white bbw wants bbc her pony into the countryside and got to know the immigrants. I was the only one signed up for the 1 p.
The minutes stretched into almost an hour and a half. Cather modeled the Captain and Mrs. Forrester in A Lost Lady on Garber and his wife. A few blocks away, at the corner hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska 3rd Avenue and Cedar Street, was the home rented by the Cathers.
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Willa lived there until leaving to attend the University hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska Nebraska-Lincoln. The house is well-preserved, and many of the furnishings single date site to Cather herself and her family, including the family Bible.
Apparently, Cather had changed hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska date of birth in the front of the Bible from to No one is sure when this change took place. Fighting off my own mid-life crisis blues, I understood the urge to turn back the Cllud. I imagined Cather stepping onto the porch and through the front seeking fwb Sallisaw, walking through the narrow hall, pulling off her hat as she went, and it reminded me of the habits we all get into— the way we toss the keys on the counter, flick on the lights, dance the same dance over and over.
Ascending the stairs to the attic bedroom of the Cather girls was one more turn through her world. Even with fans blowing, the summer air was heavy up. Willa had had a room and window of her.
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The sloping eaves and walls are hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska covered with the wallpaper that she had picked out in exchange for her work at Dr. For that era, especially, her parents must have been remarkably loving and supportive; it is said that Cather was devastated by each of their deaths later in life.
For most adult writers Nevraska physical space in which we work becomes the house of our beating heart.
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Falling in love and really feeling the emotional power of music have changed her too much; these experiences are now inextricably linked with the city and the larger world.
I just want to add: Nebraska is really a nice place to visit.
Omaha is a gorgeous, cosmopolitan city, with great restaurants and bookstores, and I've always wanted to go to Lincoln, which I understand is a hip, cool place. Nebraska is, however, a really difficult place to ride bicycles.
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I once rode on a trail straight through prairie grass - beautiful, but the wind was so strong I could barely pedal. The weather is tough there!
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Look forward to your Cather posts.
There seems to be an unusual number of outstanding Nebraska writers, so you could visit some other writers' home sites. Cather the bestWright Morris eNbraska, goodBess Streeter Aldrich Hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska, but plainer writing; one of my favorites, though nobody reads her anymoreand several good Rer writers whose names escape me.
Ted Kooser, the former Poet Laureate, lived in Nebraska born in Iowa, so gets counted by both states. I am not a Nebraskan. Somehow I got started with these NE writers, though Post a Comment.
Sunday, June 21, Red Cloud. Every summer we reread Willa Cather instead of visiting Red Cloud because it gets hot filipina bbw ex God knows Hot woman Red Cloud Nebraska is even hotterand every summer we imagine her world as vividly as if we toured the restored house and Opera House.
Her work was dismissed as that of a craftsman, not an artist, and sometimes even marketed as juvenile fiction. Hemingway and Fitzgerald were worshipped as gods.
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