Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Jean Braithwaite

Second Advisor

Jose Skinner

Third Advisor

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.


Copyright 2012 Lori Houston. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American