Saturday, June 18, 2016


Had the most marvelous breast surgery June 17. My surgeon was so skilled, I didn't feel a thing!

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Here it is, from The Atlantic, my article, "Badlands Revisited: A 1974 Memoir of Murderous Days in Nebraska."

Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate left a trail of corpses—and an astonished nation—behind them as they roamed through Nebraska in the winter of 1958. They were an aberration, a pathological quirk in an otherwise rational world. Or were they?

To read my "Badlands" article, click:

The Atlantic is a high-quality American magazine founded in 1857. It has won more national awards for excellent than any other monthly magazine.

The Atlantic originally published my "Badlands" piece 41 years ago; the magazine is republishing it now as a nonfiction piece of note written by a woman in the '70s. To discover other women writers of that era, look at the list Caroline Mimbs Nyce, Assistant Editor,The Atlantic, compiled here:


My "Badlands Revisited" article became a chapter in my memoir Great Plains Patchwork (Ames, Iowa State University Press, 1989).