janet fisher~writer

Following strong women through history

Monthly Archives: September, 2014

PNBA Tradeshow

Had a delightful time at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow in Tacoma this weekend. Here I’m having fun signing and passing out books to enthusiastic bookstore owners and librarians, who come to these shows looking for good books to promote in their stores or libraries. I had the honor of being one of the …

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Backtracking the Oregon Trail #3

Day Two ~ The High Desert The tattered wagon covers didn’t look white anymore. Gray dust coated every surface, working its way down into every nook. . . . Animals and people alike looked thin. So little grass. Even when they heard about grass ahead, they’d find much of it eaten off already by the …

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Backtracking the Oregon Trail #2

Day Two ~ The Blue Mountains [The roads] were harder than before. Steeper. Rockier. Dustier. Rivers wilder. There was an occasional tree now, sometimes wooded areas even, with tall conifers and cottonwoods. . . . The trail here was littered with the bones of oxen and fresher dead beasts—along with discarded trunks and furniture—and another …

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Festival Time in Cottage Grove

I’ll be visiting another bookstore on another Main Street in America Saturday–this one in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The small town of Cottage Grove boasts three bookstores on its historic Main Street. My next book signing and reading will be held at Kalapuya Books this time, located at 637 E Main, September 20 from 2 to …

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Enjoying Ashland Charm

My cousin Carolyn Compton rode down to Ashland with me yesterday for my reading and signing at Bloomsbury Books, right on Ashland’s charming Main Street. Carolyn taught school in Ashland for many years and welcomed the chance to revisit old haunts. I lived there for a short time in the late 90’s. Now Carolyn lives …

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Backtracking the Oregon Trail #1

Introduction I recently returned from a road trip with my daughter Christiane and granddaughter Calliope. Christiane got a new job as Assistant Professor at Kansas City Art Institute and was moving back to the Kansas City area. I decided to join her on the drive east to help with my granddaughter, who’s nine years old, …

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South to Ashland

My cousin Carolyn Compton will head south with me tomorrow for my book signing and reading at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland. Carolyn taught school in Ashland for many years, and I lived there for a while in the late 90’s. We’re looking forward to a fun day checking out old haunts and enjoying the event …

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Look for the Wagon ~ Soon

The first post in my new category, “Backtracking the Oregon Trail,” should be ready within the next 2 or 3 days. I’ve collected some quotes from diaries of women who traveled over that trail in the mid-1800s. Putting those together with quotes from Martha’s story, I hope to offer a few brushstrokes of color to …

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Book Club Invite

I had my first Book Club invitation and happily joined this wonderful group to discuss my book A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin. This Book Club for Chapter CU of the P.E.O. Sisterhood met at the lovely Roseburg home of Shug and Julie Wathen, where the group meets …

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Portraits of a Century Farm ~ Making Scents

Many beings large and small live on our farm Martha Maupin bought years ago. I couldn’t resist adding this to “Portraits of a Century Farm,” the new series combining Robin Loznak’s photos with my words. This busy family surprised Robin one day when he was out taking pictures on the hill road. He held very …

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