I am fortunate to still have some of my family elders around with stories of past days on the prairie. So when I heard a local publisher was putting together an anthology of stories from the depression on cream money and it's importance to local farmers - I had just the story to include.
It's hard to imagine what life would be like in a tiny town in the middle of the prairies circa nineteen-forty. It's definitely another world and I'm so lucky to have someone whose been there entertain me with how it was. Barefoot, windblown kids running free, racing trains and doing their part in supporting the family by wrestling those cans onto a train - a train that might still be moving. Unbelievable now but reality then.
That was the story I was told and wrote for the anthology, Cream Money, which will be debuting this Saturday.
There are other fantastic stories by other authors, in fact a whole collection of true tales of another world on the prairies - long ago. It's better than fiction because it's real and just as unimaginable. Imagine digging a hole in the ground to live for a prairie winter. Imagine temperatures that can go double digit below zero and be accompanied by harsh winds. There are tales of survival, and if talking to our many pioneers is any indication, more tales of fun and adventure. All of it is wrapped around the theme of cream money and how it helped those hardy pioneers survive the nineteen-thirties depression. Check it out, there's lots of stories from other authors all compacted into one great book.
I'll be giving a copy or two of Cream Money away in the month of June - sign up for my newsletter to learn more. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and just put newsletter in the re line.