It’s not a new story. I wrote it more than a decade ago, so it may well show its age. But I thought I’d try it, a father and daughter story, at Christmas. It’s a bit longer than a normal post–it’ll cost you 17 minutes you may not have. But I’m hoping you’ll give a listen. The production originates with the local NPR station, KWIT, Sioux City, Iowa, who put it on air a couple years ago.
James Calvin Schaap is a retired English prof who has been something of a writer for most of the last 40 years. His latest work, a novel, Looking for Dawn, set in reservation country, is the story of two young women joined by their parents' mutual brokenness and, finally, a machine-shed sacrament of reconciliation. He writes and narrates a weekly essay on regional history for KWIT, public radio, Sioux City, Iowa. He and his wife Barbara live on the northern edge of Alton, Iowa, the Sgt. Floyd River a hundred yards or so from their back door. They have a cat--rather, he has them.