There’s A Green Bean On My Plate!
Do you like green beans?
I do like green beans. I grow them in my garden along with other vegetables. When I work in the garden, I have to watch my dogs because they love to eat green beans (and strawberries).
Have you ever told your children that they had to stay at the table until they ate their vegetables?
Yes, I have. I have even told them they couldn’t get up from the table until they ate their vegetables. It didn’t work. One of my daughters would still be sitting at the table, not eating, (she’s 38 now).
Sadie and Claire, Fire Horses
Were Sadie and Claire real fire horses?
No. Sadie and Claire were not real fire horses. But fire horses were really used over 100 years ago. They were well trained, incredibly brave and smart.
Do Sadie and Claire exist?
Yes, they do. Sadie and Claire are our horses. I used their personalities and names in the Sadie and Claire books. Sadie is a black and white pinto. Claire is a black cheval canadien.
Will there be more Sadie and Claire books?
Yes, Sadie and Claire will have many more adventures.
Where is Ludlow?
Ludlow is located about twelve miles northwest of Trinidad, Colorado.
Does anything remain of Ludlow?
The town of Ludlow is a ghost town located on private property.
How about the tent colony?
The site of the tent colony is about one-half mile north of the town of Ludlow.
Are there any survivors of the strike and tent colony still alive?
Unfortunately there are not any survivors of the attack colony still alive. But, I have met numerous descendants of the miners and their families who have shared the oral history of Ludlow as it has been passed down through the generations.
Why did you write Ludlow?
I’ve been to Ludlow many times. I’ve been down in the death pit. I’ve walked the ground from the tent colony to the arroyo where the women and children sought safety from the Colorado National Guard. Sometimes, I have heard voices carried on the wind. The voices of men, women and children crying out. Asking for the one thing they were denied while they were alive, and that they have been denied in death. Justice.
I have written Ludlow for them. So that their stories could be told. So that the rights they died for will not be subjugated by corporate greed again.
Are you available to speak on the history of Ludlow, fire horses, or even green beans?
I would love to. If you would like to discuss a speaking engagement, please contact me.