As of right now every last subscriber can expect the Summer 2008 issue of the Homesteader in their mailbox. All copies went out in the mail today and yesterday. Even the homesites are getting them, as well as our list of complimentary recipients. One time, the Man of the Place mapped out a Google map indicating where all the Homesteader’s. subscribers lived with electronic push pins. It was fascinating. It also made me realize we have no subscribers in New Mexico, nor North Dakota. We must rectify that.
Subscribers will notice a change in the way this issue is packaged. It’s a surprise! But it’s a change that’s been bandied about before in one forum or another, so it shouldn’t be too unexpected. But do offer feedback when you get yours — we want to know.
I’m really excited about this issue. There aren’t a lot of different stories, but there are two very lengthy, in-depth pieces. One is an interview with Jennifer Worick (here’s her blog), author of The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life, as well as a review of her book written by a very talented twelve-year-old Laura fan named Mara.
The other major piece is a feature on Dean Butler, “Almanzo” from the TV series. I will be lucky enough to attend the event in Malone next Saturday where he’s the guest of honor. I’ve never met him in person, but by all accounts he is a gentleman and a scholar. I’m looking forward to making his acquaintance.