It rained yesterday morning—a gentle shower that disappeared into the oh-so-dry earth where I live. Everyone is grateful.
In early October, Governor Laura Kelly approved updated drought declarations for Kansas counties—all 105 of them. Take your pick. Watch, warning, or emergency drought status, Kansas has it.
The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) also keeps an eye on drought. Perhaps you've seen some of their color-coded maps similar to the one pictured above for Kansas.
The NIDIS emphasizes that several drought indicators, for example,
Armed with facts, the NIDIS doesn’t mince words. Droughts fall into one of its four categories.
A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others."
Perhaps you, like me, have more than one favorite schoolteacher.
1. Mrs. Gossett. My first-grade teacher is a favorite because she taught me how to do one of my favorite activities: read.
She was a young and attractive lady with a flair for fashion that even the local newspaper wanted to showcase.
It happened on the day that Mrs. Gossett wore a trendy “balloon” outfit.
The long-sleeved dress had no fitted waist and “ballooned” loosely to the street-length hem where the fullness of the garment was gathered to a circumference barely wide enough for her to walk. That spring-green dress complemented her well-coifed hair, high heels, and bright lipstick.
All of us kids were impressed.
At the time, we didn't know about World Teachers' Day because it didn't exist. We'd have to wait until 1994 for a global celebration of teachers' contributions and the support they need to deploy their talents and help build the future.
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."
For in Oklahoma, all the experiences that went into the making of the nation have been speeded up. Here all the American traits have been intensified.
The author Michael Wallis described Angie Debo (1890-1988) as “the distinguished historian, teacher, author and editor, an inspiration to so many others, and an Oklahoma pioneer who deserves nothing less than sainthood.”
In 1940, And Still the Waters Run--probably the most important of Dr. Debo's many award-winning books--was published by Princeton University Press.
Here's the front cover of my new novel, Cloud County Harvest, the sequel to Cloud County Persuasion.
It will be published in fall 2022, and I hope you'll enjoy reading it.
What is the story about?
Cloud County Harvest.
Is Oklahoma your home state, too?
I grew up in Oklahoma. For me, it’s my home even when I’m not able to live there and always wins first place on my map.
Perhaps you rank your home state as Number 1 on your map. Where do you rank Oklahoma, and why?
Out in the wide-open spaces?
After I left Oklahoma to join the Army and see the world, I met many people with few, if any, accurate conceptions about my favorite state. The closest they could get is “it's somewhere out in the wide-open spaces.”
The Dustbowl, tornados, and flat terrain might feature in their mental image along with oil and Indians. About all they really knew was the wonderful song “Oklahoma!” from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical of the same name.
I like Oklahoma’s wide-open spaces so much that I set my novel, Cloud County Persuasion, in that great state. My research on the 1940s and 50s reminded me of a few of the reasons why the location and geography of the “Sooner” state is sometimes misconstrued or just dead wrong.
Lynne Schall is the author of three novels: Women's Company - The Minerva Girls (2016), Cloud County Persuasion (2018), and Cloud County Harvest (November 2022). She and her family live in Kansas, USA.