Riding the Neighbors’ Horses. A note from the author: This is the novel I knew I would write someday. It’s done! I can still hardly believe it. My sincere desire is that this coming-of-age story, set in rural Minnesota in the 1920s, will delight both adults and children. It’s about girls who love horses. It’s about childhood. It’s about farms and nature and Minnesota. I loved writing this story. I hope you’ll love reading it.

When twelve-year-old Susan Abbot befriends Nan and Ralph Whiting, the children of the horse trainer down the road, she has the chance to ride some of the best horses in Minnesota. But her desire to ride conflicts with her father’s distrust of horses – and the next-door neighbors who own them. In a golden 1920s summer, Susan reaches for independence, and finds she must weigh her relationships alongside her dreams.

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Other Publications:

“Beginning Farmers: Learning, Networking, and Connecting to Place.” A Growing Culture. 6 Feb. 2013. Link.

Kinds of Honey. Personal blog. Link.

“Learning Mob Grazing on the Nebraska Sandhills.” A Growing Culture. 16 May 2012. Link.

Book Review: Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental BeekeeperThe Practical Farmer. Practical Farmers of Iowa. Summer 2011. Link.

“Finding” and “nettles,” Splash of Red. July 2010. Link.

“Reward,” “Ecuador,” and “new moon at hilltop,” dirtcakes. June 2010. Link.

“Ritual.” Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Contest, Honorable Mention. April 2010.

Red ribbon and brown boots: becoming an agrarian girl. MFA thesis. Iowa State University, Ames.   December 2009.

“my father’s hands,” Triggerfish Critical Review. December 2009.

“Heritage” and “Early Days at the Farmers Market,” Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. Spring 2009.

“Eating Lessons,” The Practical Farmer. Practical Farmers of Iowa. Summer 2008.

“Shaping My Way,” Root Stock. Organic Valley Family of Farms Cooperative. March 2007.


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