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James C. Schaap

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.



What I can't help but notice, almost daily, is that I'm running low on holy water. Truth is, this Protestant…
October 3, 2014

Red Rock Miracles

Henry Whipple was one of the first students. Don't be fooled--not the Henry Whipple, the famous Minnesota missionary who, in 1862, pleaded with…
September 5, 2014


Count me among the millions of those who watched the agony of Kunte Kinte a half-century ago and were deeply,…
August 22, 2014

Ghost Town

It may well have been the very first time I used a camera for something other than family pics, an…
August 8, 2014