Eunice Boeve

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Abraham Lincoln meeting Grace Bedell Posted 4/12/17

Dancing in the Rain posted 1-31-17

Hate/Prejudice Posted 1/3/17

The Angel Behind "It's a Wonderful Life" posted 11/30/16

"A Poll" - Which Would You Rather Be? Posted Nov 9, 2016

Fiorello LaGuardia posted Oct 4, 2016

The Hostage's Daughter (The Church of the Locked Door, part II) posted 9-4-16

The Church of the Locked Door posted 8-6-16

Coach Lou Little posted 7-3-16

Temple Grandin: The woman who helped make the world a kinder, gentler place posted 6-6-16

The Better Angels of Our Nature posted 4-28-2016

William Allen White Posted 3/3/16

There Was a Beaver Once posted 2/5/16

Swaddling clothes.... Posted 12/28/15

The Santa Claus of the Plains Posted 12-2-15

Our American Language posted 11-3-15

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog posted 9-3-15

The Evil That Men Do posted 8/2/15

The Centering Corporation posted 6/2/15

A Holocaust Mother posted 4/30/15 Hilter's "Brave" Nazi soldiers Rounding up Women and Children posted 4/30/15

American Sniper, the movie, and Ben posted 2/28/15

Illustration for the Newspaper in Education Story, In the Shadow of Evil. Artist: Julie Peterson-Shea .... blog posted 2/1/15

Our Mothers, Edith Boeve and Hazel Goyen posted 1-1-15

An Old Christmas Card posted 11/21/2014

A block from Jimmy's Life Quilt posted 9/3/14

Emily Morgan photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society posted 8/9/14

Dr, Edith Eva Eger posted 7/11/14

Daisies are viewed by some as flowers, by others as weeds, depending on where you live. In Kansas, daisies can be tamed, in Montana, they are totally invasive, taking over fields and grazing lands. Posted 5/20/14

The top for this quilt was pieced by my grandmother and great aunts in Wyoming about 1915. My sister, Mabel, quilted it in Montana in 2003 (for me) and I have had it in my home in Kansas ever since. Someday it will go to my daughter, Kelly. Posted 4/22/14

Rosie the Riveter (She epitomized the women entering the work force in WWII) posted 3/17/14

The Fugates of Troublesome Creek posted 1/10/14

Orca Whales -- posted 11/13/13

Carmen Peone, Young Adult Author -- posted 10/5/13

Stealing Watermelons posted 8-15-13

Pet Crows - posted 7/25/13

The Next Big Thing - Books by Lee Rostadt and Janet Squires posted June 20, 2013

Robert Louis Stevenson "Some Fascinating Stories Concerning Life's End" posted 5/4/13

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel posted April 7, 2013

Phillipsburg, Ks Photo by Shelia Roberts. posted Feb 28, 2013

Abraham Lincoln ---- posted 2/13/13

Emanciaption Proclamation posted 1-1-13

Santa in the window posted 12/7/12

Seth in "A Home For Us" artist Julie Peterson-Shea posted Nov. 7, 2012

"Betty Crocker" Ladies posted 10/8/12

My blue-eyed mother, Hazel E. Cline at 16 Posted 9-3-12

An Interview with Andrea Downing posted 7-31-12

In Cold Blood, a Kansas Murder Posted 7/1/12

Two Versions of an old Nursery Rhyme posted 6/4/12

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart -- Posted 5/2/12

Boeve's Super Service Posted 4/3/12

Meg Justus, author of Repeating History http://mmjustus.blogspot.com/ Also see quick links on my Home page for Meg's website Posted 3/1/12

Boys of Baby Lager Camp playing chess, Photo by Ralph Morse, Life Magazine, posted 2/3/12

Hypnosis, once thought to be a sham, can be a vaulable tool to improve our lives. Posted Jan 2, 2012

Title: Atheists and Christmas ....... The painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramark age 8 posted Nov 30, 2011

Title: Autograph Books........Ron (my hus) then called Ronnie 8th grade 1945-46 - posted Nov 7, 2011

Title: Hobo Nickels........ carved by "Bo" George Washington Hughes - posted Oct. 2, 2011

The Buffalo Nickel

Title: Chief Standing Bear Posted 9/6/11

Title: Animal Meteorologists ........ Muffin age 6 posted 8/12/11

Title: The Sleep That is not a Sleep... Rip Van Winkle posted 7-4-11

Title: The Surviving/ Grieving Child - posted May 26, 2011

A Native American Tale posted April, 2011

Title: Embalming Bottles House - posted Mar. 29, 2011

Title: Memoirs and the "Now"in our lives - posted 2/21/11

Title: Even a Sparrow - My son, Ronnie, and the sparrow circa 1975 (note the dirt on Ronnie's chin) posted 1/27/11

Title: Women's suffrage Susanna M. Salter, age 27 Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, posted 12/28/10

Title: Home on the Range - Brewster Higley's Cabin courtesy of the Kansas Sampler Foundation posted 10/7/10

Title: My sister's Dog - "Sadie" Posted 7/22/2010

Title: Comanche posted 6/28/10

Title: Moses Stocking - Mari Sandoz, 1896-1966 Library of Congress photo, posted 5/14/10

Title: Providence Spring, posted April 18, 2010

Title: Mary Fields - photo courtesy Wedsworth Library, Cascade, MT posted Mar. 17, 2010

Title: The Orphan Trains Photo courtesy of the National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS - posted Feb. 21, 2010

Title: A Nez Perce Heroine -Lewis and Clark: Posted Jan. 2010

Title: Our Immigrant Ancestors - The SS Zaandam: Posted Dec. 29, 2009

Title: The Lowly Pencil - Some pencil pushers: Bro Larry (circled) & class 1946-47, Libby, Mt : posted Dec 7, 2009

Title: The Old Time Cowboy - Me with my Cowboy Daddy Posted Nov. 14, 2009

Title: Did you know? - A Hubble photo of the stars in the universe posted Oct 14, 2009

Title: The Year Without a Summer - Mary Shelley painting by Rothwell 1800-1868 Posted Sept 30, 2009

Title: Early Day Hunting Stories - posted Aug 28, 2009 - Buffaloed by Fairlee Winfield

Title: The Legend of Bad Medicine ( Mountain in the background) July 29, 2009 post

Title: Ally and the Wolves - My granddaughter, Ally, and me with a wolf pup Ally and the Wolves, July 10 , 2009 post

Title: Old Glory The Number Thirteen - July 2 post

Title: Geo Caching - Daughters Kandy and Kathy and son-in-law, Tom, on a geo cache hunt Posted June 23 post

Title: The Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine - Location Boulder, MT May 29, 2009 post

Title: My Birthplace, Libby, Montana April 28,2009 post

Title: Kathleen Sebelius - Ron and I with Kansas Governor Sebelius, now Health and Human Services Secretary May 12, 2009 post

Title: My friend, Angela - A descendant of slaves who settled Niccodemus, Kansas April 10, 2009 post (photo by Carol Yoho)

Title: A Trip to Kentucky - (Kandy's cat) March 2009 post

Title: Margaret Borland, Texas Rancher - (Borland's Tombstone, Victoria, TX) posted March 2009

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The Next Big Thing

June 20, 2013

Tags: Rowe Publishing and Design

The Next Big Thing
Today I’m hosting the Next Big Thing blog campaign. The Next Big Thing is an international campaign that began in Australia. Authors and illustrators of books for kids and young adults talk about their recently published books and/or those that are soon to be released. Each author who has been nominated turns around and nominates a couple of other authors. We all answer the same questions about our work. It’s really just a great big game of “Tag, you’re it.” Today is my turn to answer The Next Big Thing’s standard questions about…well…the next big thing for me is a story I’m working on set in the 1940s during and shortly after World War II.
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Next Big Thing Questions:
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What is the working title of your next book?
The working title for my book is “Wishing You Home.”

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Wishing You Home first began as a sixteen-chapter story for a program called Newspapers in Education. I love historical fiction and so am drawn to write in the genre, and thinking about what to write, time and place, WWII just popped into my head. So next I decided it would be about a boy who lives in Kansas (I'm writing for Kansas newspapers) whose father is overseas fighting in Germany. Then I did my research and then began the story, seeing where it will take me. When the story begins Tommy, Bobby’s best friend, has lost his father, killed in a battle overseas. Bobby knows his father was in the same outfit and so probably fighting in the same battle and his fear for his father’s safety increases. Bobby and his father exchange jokes through their letters. The exchange provides an avenue of communication that is based on fun, a welcome relief in the middle of anxious times. When the newspaper story ended (It first ran as a serial in 5 newspapers) the war had ended and Bobby’s dad hoped to be home in time for Christmas. I’m in the process of adding approximately ten more chapters with an illustration (by artist, Julie Peterson-Shea) heading each chapter. The rest of the story will be about Bobby and his bewilderment when the father who comes home, scarred by war, is not the same one who left.

What genre does your book fall under?
Middle Grade, Historical Fiction

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Maybe Matt Damon for the dad. Jill Castle for the mother. When writing the story, my grandson, 10, lives in my head as Bobby. He's such a good kid and smart as all get out. (I know all grandma's say that.) If "lightning should strike" and it becomes a movie, I'll pick out a kid then, if the producers will let me. :-)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Set during and shortly after World War II, ten-year-old Bobby worries all the time his dad is overseas fighting Hitler’s army but when the father finally does come home, emotionally shattered, Bobby’s worries continue.

Who is publishing your book?
Rowe Publishing and Design. Rowe Publishing just this month brought out a reprint of my book The Summer of the Crow, a Depression era novel set in Kansas in 1935, and in 2012 my middle grade time travel story, Echoes of Kansas Past, about twins who accidentally activate their parent’s time machine and travel back into Kansas history.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
That is a hard question. Each book is different and each takes it's own research. I also write adult fiction., which takes about a year. This one, which isn’t quite done yet, about a month or two. maybe three.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hey!! These questions are getting harder! I’ve racked my brain and find I can’t answer this one. How about you readers? Do you have a suggestion to leave in the comment section?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A father always seems to figure in some way in my stories. I lost my father when I was very young, so know the kind of longing a child has for a father and can well imagine the fear of having your father in harm’s way. Although I did not have the experience of having a father return home, mentally changed, my father was ill at home for a time before he died and I remember my fear when he (hallucinating) saw people that weren’t there, but I being only five, did not understand. So, in away, I also know a child’s bewilderment and fear when their father seems different from the one who went away.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
We hear a lot about bullying now as if it is a new thing. There have always been and probably always will be bullying in some form. In this book, a young girl from the west coast, whose mother was Japanese, comes to Kansas with her white father, who fears that otherwise she will be sent to an internment camp. America at war with the Japanese as well as Germany, she is a prime target for the school bully.

Next up on The Next Big Thing: Janet Squires is an award-winning author who writes fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults. She's a member of SCBWI and Women Writing the West. See her blog June 27 at http://www.janetsquires.com
Her next book is Monty, A True Suvivor's Story (see image top right.)
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Lee Rostad, a published author of young adult and other books, is currently working on a tale about the Ringling Brothers Circus people in Montana. A good cowboy tale it is also about growth and decline of the Montana ranch. See her blog on July 4 at http://www.jacketflap.com/lee-rostad/92899 Grace Stone Coates is one of Lee's books (see image top right.) (more…)