The Dirty Days is my first novel. Since its completion, I've made arrangements with public libraries
and classroom teachers to share my oral and written short stories about life in the 1930's Dust Bowl and Great Depression.
I do the volunteering mentioned above with the conviction that both children and adults may benefit greatly in learning about
a significant part of American history from a person who actually lived through that time and place.
Others have written about the Dust Bowl. Singer Woody
Guthrie, who also lived in Oklahoma during its bad days, wrote poignant songs about those times. John Steinbeck, a novelist,
wrote the much read, highly esteemed, prize-winning novel, Grapes of Wrath, which was mainly about the struggles
of those who left Oklahoma to seek work in California. Others, some who never lived in the Dust Bowl or only lived there for
a short time, have published well-researched histories and documentaries as well.
My book takes
the reader into the mind and disposition of a young girl named Molly May growing up in the Dust Bowl in the 1930's. All events
are based on my experience of actually growing up there. Molly’s family was among those families who chose to remain
in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and depression and survived that very significant period in American history. But
my story's not just about the pain and suffering. There are moments of humor and tenderness that reveal our human capacity
to find hope, yes even happiness amid all the tragedy.
My story celebrates and acknowledges the strength and endurance of
a generation of adults and children who battled the elements at a desperate time and prevailed through pure grit, hope, and