The Hattie Diaries are my ongoing transcription of the Great Plains diaries of my great-aunt Hattie, who wrote daily (yes, literally, every single day) from 1920-1957.
What was life like nearly one hundred years ago for a bright, creative woman starting her married life on the Great Plains of Nebraska and South Dakota?
These Flash Narratives—very short, self-contained pieces of creative non-fiction—are based on Hattie’s words and life. Most of the flash narratives here are no longer than 500 words:
- Eve of January 16, 1918: Sleeping with the Storm
- April 15, 1921: Beside the Other One
- April 1923: I Nearly Went the Trip
- August 5, 1929: Anticipation
- November 15, 1932: Feathers and Horses
- March 20, 1933: It Is Now Spring
- Memorial Day Weekend 1933: A Nice, Bright Day (part 1 of 3)
- Memorial Day Weekend 1933: Cracklings (part 2 of 3)
- Memorial Day Weekend 1933: Down She Went (part 3 of 3, a guest post on Christi Craig’s blog)
- March 11, 1934: The Unfortunate Finding of Betty Gow
- June 9, 1954: Scraps for Whiskers
- January 12, 1957: What’s in the Wind
- Will Is All Puffed Up for Easter
The following posts use Hattie’s diaries as found poetry (poetry taken and adapted from existing writing):
- 1920 Haikus
- April 11, 1922: No! It Was
- April 22, 1933: 50 cents and one old hen
- A Golden Shovel Poem: April 5, 1934
- April 6, 1939: This Is Army Day
- April 15-16, 1940
- April 17, 1941 (one, four, twelve)
- April 4, 1943: Still It Rains
- April 24, 1943: WWII Rationing
- Found Poetry: April 8, 1945
- Found Poetry: Death of FDR
- April 25, 1945: The Birth of the United Nations
- May 8, 1945: A Day One Comments On
- April 16, 1948: Milk for Roger (Prairie Fire)
- April 14, 1949: First Meal
- April 13, 1951: We talked too much
- April 7, 1953: Korczak Ziolkowski
- April 9, 1954: Looking for Lloyd Gransinger
- April 10, 1957: Frankie (A Spring Calving Poem)
- Found poetry: Let him out!
- Found poetry from historical diaries (April 18-21)
June 7, 1942: A Surprise on William
The Glorious Fourth of July
For more background information on the Hattie Diaries, see these posts and sites. For your interest, feedback, and encouragement, Hattie and I thank you.
- News Flash!
- This Is the Glorious Fourth of July
- Aunt Hattie’s Diary
- Ordinary Writing: Will Our Grandchildren Want To Frame our Emails?