Brigadoon, the Steakhouse; or how you can still find something you were looking for only 8 years late when everything is closed. By Geo Rule For a day every hundred years, from out of the Highland mist, appears the magical village of Brigadoon. So, 8 years ago the wife and I moved to this outer-ring[…]
I posted this article on both the Heinlein Prize Trust and the Heinlein Society websites. Robert Heinlein was one of the major influences on my life. All the activities listed below, I am in some way involved in. May 8, 2013 marks 25 years since the passing of Robert A. Heinlein. Rather than a cause[…]
So what is it I’ve done in this past 30+ years? In the final analysis, I’ve arranged electrons into interesting patterns, flung them into the ether, and seen them vanish.
I know a place where there is no smog and no parking problem… and no television commercials… So begins Robert Heinlein’s novel Glory Road. It’s a happy place the hero finds, with lovely land and friendly people. And quiet. We have no “quiet” anymore. People go outside to have a walk or run in nature[…]
I wrote this for a booklet for my father’s funeral in March of 2008… My father, Calvin George Houdek, was born June 11, 1927 in Pine City, Minnesota, the only son, and only child, of George Houdek and Clara Sauter Houdek. They called him “Sonny boy” and doted on him. The family, descendents of[…]
Millions of people visit Hollywood every year hoping to see a real movie or television production. Sure, you can go to the Universal Studios Tour, and it’s great fun, but it’s also contrived and carefully orchestrated to keep people herded the right way, so even though you do go through the Universal lot in the[…]
I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new website, Tudorland. Tudorland explores an area I’ve long been interested in, which is the history of the Tudor and era in England. Since I was only eleven-years-old and saw the movie Anne of the Thousand Days, I’ve been keenly interested in this historical era. The people[…]
Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Long Winter When I lived out west for ten years or so, and it never snowed and summers were brown and winters were rainy, the book I most read and reread when I was homesick was “The Long Winter”. I can’t say it’s my favorite of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little[…]
The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane by William V. Holtz, reviewed by Deb Houdek Rule. A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s only daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It is rather controversial among Laura’s fans as a major premise of the book is that Rose, not Laura, was the real writer of the beloved Little House series of books.
We just drove through Iowa. Where most people may have seen lovely farm landscape, I’m a farmer and I saw nothing but a toxic nightmare with ruined soil. The only crops were corn and soybeans–both of which I avoid in food–with the few cattle in no-pasture feedlots. We couldn’t see the pigs or chickens; no[…]