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"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The Day our Nation was Attacked
There will be a lot of remembrances about this day 9-11. Each one of us remembers where we were when we heard the news, and the shock of seeing the planes hitting first one then the other tower.
This week I talked to my 93 year old mother on the phone, and she mentioned how back in 1936 or around there, she felt so worried all the time. She isn't normally a worrier, usually very positive and filled with faith about things. So I asked her, "What were you worried about?" She said, "Oh, all the news coming from Europe." Then last night I was watching a documentary on Churchill, and it struck me once again how scary these times must have been for our nation as well as all of Europe.
Looking back, we all know the outcome of WW II; and even though it was frightening and horrible to think back on, and so many people died, we have hindsight, knowing the Allies won, Hitler died, the concentration camps were set free, Jews gathered to Israel, Japan surrendered.
Our 9-11 was one shocking day, followed by weeks and weeks of analysis, the eventual war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a whole lot of political fallout. Back in the pre WW II and then those dark years of the war in Europe, finally Japan's attack on us at Pearl Harbor that convinced the US to get involved, and then the years after with all the major nations at war.... I can't even imagine how frightening this must have been to those who lived through it. And not just the fighting men, but especially for those back home, the wives, mothers, children....never knowing what would happen. They didn't know the outcome. And it went for a decade. The news started coming in the mid 1930's and it wasn't over until 1945. That is a long time to live with fear.
It is so vital to remember and honor those who fight for freedom and for peace in the world The power hungry and the evil will not be appeased. They tried to appease Hitler back in the '30's, to give him what he wanted, and he just got stronger. I am not a warmonger, but when I look back at those times, it is clear that the US had to get involved for the sake of freedom and peace. I don't know what the answer should have been for our 9-11, but I do know that we cannot ignore the lessons of the past.
"I devoted myself, early on, to writing. Really writing. Just doing it, no matter how awkward and unfit I felt. So every single morning I am on the planet, I grit my teeth and this hard, embarrassing, abject, thrilling thing--writing--because I want, in part, to count." (from Page after Page by Heather Sellers)
Photos from Farm Girl
High school graduation photo of Lucille Marker, the farm girl
Lucille drinking from the well
John Marker, Dust Bowl Days
The Marker Nebraska farmstead
"Farm Girl presents a vision of life on a Nebraska homestead during the 1920's and 1930's, told from a child's perspective, and illustrated with photographs of the time." (Quincy Herald Whig)
"Through the intertwined stories of the life of the Marker family and of the broader historical time period, the book is more than captivating. Gowen's vivid account of her mother's life allows Farm Girl to read as seamlessly as if one were recalling personal memories." (The Holyoke Enterprise)
"Farm Girl will capture the interest of readers in the photos the book contains and witty recollections Lucille has of her grandparents in Catherton Township." (The Red Cloud Chief)
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True coming of age story of a young girl growing up on a 1930's Nebraska farm.
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Praise for Uncut Diamonds
"What I love is the dialogue." (Deirdre Paulsen, BYU English professor)
"Gowen shows a command of the language." (Jennie Hansen, Meridian Magazine)
"Uncut Diamonds--A unique piece of artistic realism." (M. Gray, Author)
"...tight, realistic, warm family truth... exactly the kind of realistic character-and relationship-driven writing I have been waiting to happen in the LDS market." (Marilyn Brown, award-winning author and benefactor of the annual Marilyn Brown Award)