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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.

Banned Books

You've heard, of course, the oddities, like the dictionary and the Bible, but what made the news this week was…
April 19, 2024

March Madness

Just so happened to sit on a folding chair set up directly beneath the basket on the north end of…
March 22, 2024

Running Water

In a sunny sky especially, the huge sandstone cutbanks along the Missouri can be perfectly stunning. To stumble on them…
March 8, 2024

January 12, 1888

Exactly 136 years ago today, a monster arose on the northern plains just as country school kids were about to…
January 12, 2024