Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Jean Braithwaite
Dr. Amy Cummins
This work of creative non-fiction seeks to explore my past at the same time as I explore the past of a favorite childhood author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. This exploration took the form of a road trip with my father to visit the sites written about in Laura’s books. I found that Laura’s life appealed to me because it represented an insular security that I felt I needed, and that was why I chose, as a child, to immerse myself in the 1880’s. While finding out what she meant to me then, I also discovered that Laura is an even better role model for me now, as an adult. My recent lifestyle interests in developing a simple sustainable living were bolstered by the example of her life and work as a farm wife and writer. All I need now is a little bit of her pioneering spirit.
University of Texas-Pan American