Lori Henriksen

author of The Winter Loon


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A to Z Blog Challenge Reveal

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Drumroll please. . . I accept the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge. It’s my kick in the pants to get this blog off to a high-spirited start. A post every day in April, except Sunday. That’s twenty-six posts, one for every letter in the alphabet. That’s the challenge. Read more about it and the over one thousand bloggers taking part in the fun:

http://a-to-zchallenge.com

There’s a blog for every taste and still ten days to sign up.

My theme is Women in the 1930s. My characters in THE WINTER LOON live in the turmoil of the Thirties. I’ll be writing about issues affecting women in that era. Women who stepped outside the norm. Cowgirls. Women at university and women working during the Great Depression. Women defying the social expectation that they marry, become housewives and mothers. THE WINTER LOON is about the healing power of love and the barriers two women in love face in their everyday life. My theme will embrace all these issues.

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Choices

Word of the day ~ regenerate. The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus says revise, revitalize, renew, breathe new life into. I’ve chosen this word because I’ve spent way too much time in the last few days trying to breathe new life the appearance of my blog site. Thanks to my website advisor, Maggie McLaughlin, changes are happening.

Perhaps the word should have been choices. So many choices in designing a website. So many choices in life.

My main character in THE WINTER LOON, Ruth Thompson, makes a choice early in her life based on what she doesn’t want. She questions the values she has been raised with and society’s expectations for young women in the 1930s. Her choice opens the door to a whole new life. Along the way there are many changes. Many times she must renew the direction of her life in order to follow her heart.

Still reading LOVING ELEANOR. I can’t help believing that Eleanor Roosevelt was the first blogger with her My Day daily newspaper column that ran in almost one hundred newspapers. Her choice to write the column took away from precious time she could spend with Lorena Hickok, the woman she loved. It was Lorena’s choice to suggest the column and to encourage her writing success that caused the whole world to fall in love with Eleanor.

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Rambling Thoughts

Word of the day – Halidom – picked out of the Scrabble Dictionary at random. Feeling lazy I look up halidom on thesauraus.com. It’s not an accepted word and the computer corrects me to halidade, which also has no synonyms. Thesauraus.com wants to know if I mean haloed—close, but not quite. Still too lazy to lift the heavy two volume Oxford Dictionary, I look up halidom on dictionary.com. Aha. It means a holy place, a church or sanctuary.

The British Dictionary describes halidom as an archaic noun. In 1906, L. Frank Baum used halidom like this: “By my halidom, churl—” He stopped to glance at the fat man. Perhaps it would make more sense in context. It’s from a book called JOHN DOUGH AND THE CHERUB. By the way, L. Frank Baum also wrote THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.

Anyone interested in either of these two books can read them for free on Gutenberg.org. If neither of these is of interest, there are 51,341 other free eBooks on the site. Amazing where an unfamiliar word has taken me.

Blue and I dashed out between storms to walk through our halidom of trees today. Water droplets glittering on pine needles in weak sun, drenched us as the Ponderosas bow in the stiff breeze. A holy experience indeed to be out

I’m reading LOVING ELEANOR by Susan Wittig Albert. This historical novel tells the fascinating and endearing story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, an AP journalist in the 1930s. Since writing THE WINTER LOON, I’ve become fascinated with the 1930s history and its impact on women. More about Loving Eleanor and women in the 1930s as my blog develops.