Bloomer Boys in the Belfry with Bats

Bloomer Boys in the Belfry with Bats

The boys enjoyed the summer in the  Bloomer Catholic church belfry, and now there are three sleeping up there. Parker, his friend Wally, and Parker’s brother Greyson. They didn’t want to take him but Parker’s mother Dana talked him into it, giving her more time to drive the Bloomer back roads and look for garage […]

Amery: Setting for Imagined More than Real. Here it is.

Amery: Setting for Imagined More than Real. Here it is.

Amery has been the center of most of my stories on this blog and on the Elkfarm email I send. A variety of tales has balanced between real and imagined, whichever fits the story being told. For a time I wrote a column for the local newspaper, the Amery Gazette, and found myself writing deliberately […]

Emily Dickinson’s Room in Claire’s Apartment

Emily Dickinson’s Room in Claire’s Apartment

  Not only does Claire own everything written by and about Miss Emily, she has a replica bedroom dedicated to the New England writer. Just out of college, Claire traveled to Amherst, MA, to tour the Dickinson home. Taking a couple dozen photos of Emily’s room, the room she spent so much time in, Claire […]

Claire, the Poet of Mineral Point

Claire, the Poet of Mineral Point

On the 3rd floor of this building, a reclusive and introverted poetress lived and may still reside. The locals don’t know for sure. Fascinated with her writer/ hero of the 1800s, Emily Dickinson, Claire read everything she could get her hands on about the shy, shutaway lady from Amherst, Massachusetts. The picturesque main street of […]

Grant’s Later Years, His Death, and Grant’s Tomb

Grant’s Later Years, His Death, and Grant’s Tomb

    The great general developed throat cancer from those thousands of cigars, and the end wasn’t comfortable. After his two terms as president, he and his family traveled the world for a year and a half. He and Julia lived their final years in New York City. Realizing he needed to provide financially for […]