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Papa Francis gives us reason for reading this newly released novel. A story of unending love and challenges as five generations in this beautifully crafted novel bring readers a swarm of diversity. In it we find pious, crafty, evil, honorable, fearless, noble, jealous, passionate, murderous, cheating and some plain good folks. From 1909-1984 the story of homesteading on the eastern Colorado prairie sweeps through historical events with accuracy, passion, and humor.Blizzards, prairie fires, dust storms, grasshoppers, and hunger wound the body, but not the spirit of people in their unflinching faith in God and the power of forgiveness. Dreams are shattered but also joys appear from beginning to end. We cross paths with an ancient Cheyenne medicine man and an old emigrant German who knows the secrets of seeds. They teach willing Homesteaders to bless the land and practice sustainable agriculture. Not all follow their warnings. One dominant figure, Rose, personifies strengths found in each generation. As a renowned violinist from Iowa, migrant Widow Rose shows wit and tenacity by clearing the land, riding straddle on a horse, driving a Ford car without lessons, and working toward women's suffrage. Another memorable character is a young American solder, as a young farmer he is given an unusual assignment and witnesses the horrors of World War II from the enemies' point of view. He reminds us why Eisenhower said, "I hate war." Readers tell of sobbing with emotion as they relive losses and harsh conditions on the prairie or the depths of World War II. In 1983 the body of a man is found pinned against a sod wall the old Homestead shed. Was he the victim of some jealous husband or vengeful woman? Or could it be a message sent by the powerful Cheyenne Spirit World for ravaging Mother Earth for greed and profit? Does the Red Arrow of Revenge still lodge on the wall where the dead man's head was? Perhaps. But we may never know. . . Or will we?In this epic novel, what message blown in the wind foreshadows today's sustainable resource movement? Can we learn to follow those resilient, faith-filled people before it's too late.What is the secret even the grave cannot keep? Reviewers claim tis novel should be made into a movie or TV series. Perhaps. . . you be the judge
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Jody Glittenberg, born on the barren prairie of northeastern Colorado, still finds peace by returning to those endless miles, unhampered by hills, rivers, and lakes. As an anthropologist & psychiatric nurse she is a recipient of many honors in both fields. Now retired from teaching she was a tenured professor and an administrator at U. of Colorado, Boulder;U. of Illinois, Chicago; U. of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill; and U. of Arizona, Tucson. Jody has studied humankind from continent to continent ever exploring the face of humankind. Dr. Glittenberg was the Acting Regional Advisor for Nursing for WHO in the Western Pacific Region in the mid 1980s. Jody is a frequent national and international consultant and speaker on her ethnographic model of research known as Project GENESIS. Dr. Glittenberg served on the National Board for the Fogarty Center where she also is a reviewer of qualitative research studies for the NIH. Dr. Glittenberg has brought worldwide attention to social justice needs in slums, prisons, and issues of ending torture. In 2004 she founded the Violence, Intervention, and Prevention (VIP) Center U. of Colorado Springs. She is currently researching care of the mentally ill in the U.S. correctional systems. Jody is a member and officer of the Denver Chapter of Pen Women of America and the Denver Women's Press Club. Also she is a member of the American Anthropology Association, a Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing where she serves on the Expert Panel of Psychiatric Nursing. Jody is honored as a Scholar in the Transcultural Nursing Society. Jody is mother of two, stepmother of five, grandmother of ten children, and owner of one rescued dog. She and her husband, Joel Hinrichs, live in Centennial, Colorado where they are musicians and writers passionate about raising awareness about environmental and sustainable resource issues as well as reducing global violence. She has authored numerous research papers, and monographs. "Land, Love, Life," is her first novel
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