Archive for September, 2012

Blog #70: Stegner House and Wallace’s grandmother

TweetOn my father’s side I never had a family–in fact, I was past thirty years old before I ever met anyone with my surname. My father came from the little farming town of Anawan, Illinois, near Rock Island. He had brothers and sisters, but I never knew how many they were, or what they did [...]

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Blog #69: Stegner Homestead Visitors

TweetIf I can’t reach the homestead on foot, I find there are other ways of approaching. Stuart, Mary and Marc are not the only ones to have preceded me in pilgrimage. Internet research shows at least three different people found their way to the site subsequent to Stuart`s visit. In “Plains Folk: The Stegner Homestead,” [...]

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Blog #68: The Stegner Homestead

Tweet…I`m even sorrier that I don’t have range and township and all that dope on the old homestead. If you can find an old map with the now-extinct settlement of Hydro, Montana on it, just go straight north of that, along the section line, to the international border, and you can step across onto our [...]

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Blog #67: Mary Page Stegner and Stegner House

TweetThere is another ghost in the house, a much more recent ghost, and that ghost is Mary Stegner. Dead for just over two years, and perhaps never even a visitor here, her presence is asserted by several books. On the shelf of the upstairs landing is a wonderfully motley collection of books about the area, [...]

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Blog #66: Wallace Stegner House and Ghost

TweetIn the 1980s that house, now billed as one of the oldest houses in Saskatchewan, was bought by the local arts council under the leadership of Sharon Butala. Refurbished, repainted, and reroofed, it is being made into a refuge for writers who need a few months of total peace and quiet for finishing their books. [...]

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BLOG # 65: WALLACE STEGNER HOUSE AND BLOGGING

TweetI am many kinds of an idiot. We are now starting out second full day in Stegner House, and only today, thanks to the nudge of a friend, has it occurred to me that I should be blogging the stay. I have been so busy exploring, diarizing, and note taking that blogging hadn’t really occurred [...]

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