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I feel privileged to be able to recommend Jane Kirkpatrick, an award winning author, retired clinical social worker and an international speaker as an interviewee for your "Think Out Loud"" program.
I have been a fan of Jane's for many years ever since I discovered her novel "A Gathering of Finches" a tale based on the life of Cassie Hendrick Stearns Simpson, who crossed the Oregon coastal tidewaters in 1899. She was the inspiration behind the establishment of the luscious four acre garden that today is an Oregon State Park.
I have read all of Jane's books. She has an unique gift of portraying the lives of women, First Nation peoples, and those involved in religious communities, and weaving those lives into a colorful fabric which becomes a picture representing the unique history of the United States. Through these stories we, Jane's reading public, are able to grasp in a small way what incredible stamina, endurance, perseverance, and courage was needed in order to survive and make a difference in the building of your American Society and thus to finally leave a lasting legacy for future generations to come.
A fine example of this is her beautiful book "Aurora" the history of a unique community defined by faith and craft. The colony was established in mid 1800's in Aurora Oregon. Jane's writings on the life of Emma Giesy, inspired the copying of a quilt originally made by Emma, which was given away and stands as a token of the legacy of the fine crafts which were made by the people of Aurora many years ago.
In conclusion, I feel Jane is a fascinating lady whom your listening audience would, I am sure, appreciate learning and hearing more about.
Thank you for this opportunity.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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