Interview with Elizabeth Buhmann, Author of Blue Lake

  Yesterday we posted a review of Elizabeth Buhmann's novel BLUE LAKE. Today we hear from the author herself:   Where did you get the idea for Blue Lake? A friend told me something about her family history. Her grandmother, who was born in 1910, had 12 children. By the time the last child came … Continue reading Interview with Elizabeth Buhmann, Author of Blue Lake

Mark Twain’s Mother: What We Have in Common–They Followed Us Home

  Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these. ~ quoted in "UC's Bancroft Library celebrating Mark Twain," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2008 * That sort of interference in behalf of abused animals was a common thing with her [Twain's mother] all her life; and … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Mother: What We Have in Common–They Followed Us Home

Mark Twain’s Mother

Her interest in people and other animals was warm, personal, and friendly. She always found something to excuse, and as a rule to love, in the toughest of them--even if she had to put it there herself. She was the natural ally and friend of the friendless. It was believed that, Presbyterian as she was, … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Mother

One Dollar and Eighty-Seven Cents

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. … Continue reading One Dollar and Eighty-Seven Cents

Poetry: Huck Finn Praises Emmeline Grangerford’s Tribute to Stephen Dowling Bots

Mark Twain is given official credit for this poem, but it was really composed by Emmeline Grangerford, whose family Huckleberry Finn met on his Adventures down the Mississippi River. Below, Huck quotes Emmeline's tribute to Stephen Dowling Bots, who came to a watery end. He also records what happened to Emmeline, whose compulsive rhyming finally … Continue reading Poetry: Huck Finn Praises Emmeline Grangerford’s Tribute to Stephen Dowling Bots

A Pitch-Perfect Paragraph–For Readers Who Know Cows

I head into the house for my hat and my cane and the keys to my truck. There's not a thing wrong with me but a bum knee. Several months ago one of my heifers knocked me down accidentally and it spooked her so bad that she stepped on my leg. This happened in the … Continue reading A Pitch-Perfect Paragraph–For Readers Who Know Cows