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Threshold Read ô 2 Review Threshold Award winning collection of creative essays about how our families and communities serve as the threshold we cross into our lives Whether it’s a metaphorical threshold or the actual physical threshold that marks our front door the crossing informs who we choose to becomeThis memoir is a series of twenty stories about one ordinary American family’s struggle to thrive across race. What we ve been calling family writes Faith Colburn in Threshold is a stripped down version of a much richer creation like calling a field of bluestem a prairie It s the rich diversity of grasses and forbs that makes a prairie work just as it s the rich diversity of parents and children grandparents and cousins aunts and uncles providing nourishment and support that makes a family work Colburn has created something like a prairie in this ambitious book an interwoven tapestry of eight generation of family their lives nourished by Nebraska s farmland Delving deep beneath the varied plants in her family she takes us into the skein of roots beneath the soil and brings us home to a clearer understanding of our own ancestryShe begins the book with a long list of characters her family and friends who appear in the book I once heard Leslie Silko say as she began a reading that the audience shouldn t try to keep track of all the names immediately That s not good for you she said Just relax she told us listen and we would begin to understand the relationships Do the same as you plunge into this book all will become clear as Colburn begins weaving her story with the voice of her grandmother And the real importance of the people in this book may be not that they are members of Colburn s extended family but that they are recognizable as family belonging to everyone with ties to the prairie These twenty stories loop into and out of the history of one ordinary American family s struggle to survive Five year old Joseph Swope is kidnapped and adopted by a war chief The author s father roars up the highway with a turtle as passenger trying to save his marriage A singer with big bands who survived an abusive childhood falls for a soldier one enchanted evening and finds herself on a remote Nebraska farm There are unwed mothers and lonely spinsters who disappear from family records wild young men who drink too much all the folks who would appear on the family tree if most of us are honest And we all have ties to the prairie even if we don t realize them the prairie nurtured many of our ancestors and feeds many of us still Still but for how much longer if we don t stop paving farmland Fewer than one percent of Americans now farm the land and fewer still remain on small acreages Colburn says That s too few to lobby successfully for intelligent farm policies that protect and conserve the land for its residents and the Americans it should feed Agriculture is dominated now by huge corporations who treat the land and its occupiers like machines not by nurturing communities of familiesDeftly Colburn juxtaposes some of her own experiences with those of her ancestors to help readers feel the reality of these stories The hours of twisting and slicing she writes and instantly I too could remember what it s like to mow hay with a scythe an experience once common to farming folks though even most modern farmers have never handled the tool My father used a scythe to mow areas of the yard unhandy to reach with a mechanized mower I ve used it just enough to feel the memory in my muscles Colburn s ancestors harvested up to seventeen tons of hay by hand as a cash crop A wagon load of hay might pay for a doctor bill or Christmas presents On their small Nebraska place even in the drought year of 1859 the family raised five hundred bushels of corn two hundred of buckwheat and a hundred bushels of potatoes sold three hundred pounds of butter and tucked six bushels of beans into the cellarColburn does not lecture her readers but she uses her own experiences to add depth to what the reader may bring to the book showing us how the prairie is still as abundant as ever despite the century s changes I ingest the soil with its millions of microbes in the form of sweet corn tomatoes peppers beans and basil Every day I leave skin cells and shed hair on the grass She is the prairie as the prairie is her so that when I walk attentively on this earth I feel welcomed here a part of the conscious silence of stones and the whirling fury of storms Once Grandma mentioned in passing that there was no one left to talk to I was a little hurt But she said no one s left who knows what I know That statement chilled me even I at the relatively young age of 69 know a great deal that no one else remembers both specifically about my own ranch and generally about ranching I ve seen how younger ranchers dismiss some of the old wisdom as they find their own way to live with the land Some change is beneficial of course but loss occurs everywhere Colburn says that sometimes when her grandmother answered a uestion she felt as if she was hesitating listening to other voices before she answered Perhaps she was I find myself responding to uninformed uestions or comments about ranching and the prairie with wisdom I once heard from my father or grandmother In my grandma s day writes Colburn a family was rich like a prairie Not only did most family members live close together in the same community but neighbors were woven into the blanket of helping and being helped Of course not all families or communities functioned well but in recognizing their need for one another most probably got along better than the average modern subdivision tacked onto the edge of an old ranching community She speaks of a neighbor who washed his wife s body dressed her built her coffin and hauled her to the crematorium in the back of his pickup That s what she would have wanted he said Today he might be arrested We may contribute dollars to good causes but many of us have lost the sense of responsibility the closeness of helping neighbors face to faceFaith Colburn is well ualified to tell this personal and universal story She earned an MA in creative writing from the University of Nebraska Kearney as well as a BA in journalism and political science and an MA in journalism from the University of Nebraska Lincoln She received UNK s Outstanding Work in Fiction Award during its 2009 student conference as well as several awards from the Nebraska Federation of Press Women In 2012 UNK chose Threshold as the best thesis in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities Her fiction and poetry has appeared in several publications While working for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission she wrote numerous articles for NEBRASKAland magazine Learn about her at faithanncolburncomYou might read this book for a half dozen reasons because you need guidance in writing your own family history because you are interested in Nebraska rural history because you know the author or her country or because you want to get some sense of what your own farming ancestors lives were like She recalls the smell of wheat dust and sweat and the ozone that precedes a storm and there s the clang of green beans into a metal pot while friends and family sit on chairs dragged out into the yard where it s hard to discern the border between fireflies and stars She remembers how comfortable it was when everyone knew her name Perhaps she says we can retrieve that feeling in a new century Whatever your reason for reading you will come away enriched and enlightened

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Threshold Read ô 2 Review Threshold And through time and space From five year old Joseph Swope kidnapped and adopted by a war chief to my father blasting up US Highway 41 with a turtle for a co pilot trying to save a marriage this memoir reveals what happens when communities fail and how they thrive These are the stories of people who worked together and shared resources There's the smell of wheat dust and sweat and t. Some years ago when my nephew lost his leg I found myself focusing on two images The first of those came out of my grandmother s stories about her great grandmother Sicily Hendricks Grandma Sicily was a midwife and folk healer and I ve always envisioned her in a birthing room helping a friend and neighbor with a night delivery by the warm golden glow of candlelight and a fire on the hearth The second image came out of David s accident a mishap that resulted in the amputation of his lower leg I often imagine him an a modern operating theater lit by cold fluorescent bulbs alone among strangers having a part of himself removed labeled hazardous waste and incinerated Throughout the time I worked on this memoir I ve had those two images in mind always wondering thinking about how those two situations are different and how they are the same How important is it to be treated by strangers What do we lose when the person who does the surgery need never look us in the eyes never recognize our humanity The Wadsworth Anthology of Childrens Literature envisioned her in a birthing room helping a friend and neighbor with a night delivery by the warm golden glow of candlelight and a fire on the hearth The second image came out of David s accident a mishap that resulted in the amputation of his lower leg I often imagine him an a modern operating theater lit by cold fluorescent bulbs alone among strangers having a part of himself removed labeled hazardous waste and incinerated Throughout the time I worked on this memoir I ve had those two images in mind always wondering thinking about how those two situations are different and how they are the same How important is it to be treated by strangers What do we lose when the person who does the surgery need never look us in the Index of Spanish Folktales Classified According to Antti Aarnes Types of the Folktale; eyes never recognize our humanity

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Threshold Read ô 2 Review Threshold He ozone that precedes a storm and there's the clang of green beans into a metal pot while friends and family sit on chairs dragged out into the yard where it's hard to discern the border between fireflies and starsTHRESHOLD demonstrates how a personal history can present a microcosmic vision of a region and lead us to consider larger issues social as well as humanDr Robert M Lusche. I enjoyed every page of this memoir Though it s the story of the author s ancestors it felt like the story of mine If you had a grandparent or great grandparent who struggled to survive in the era when neighbor relied on neighbor when farmhands moved into the home of their employer when women had to rely on midwives this book will be a treat Threshold is not just a book about the past it s also a book about how we live now because of the past


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  • Paperback
  • 306
  • Threshold
  • Faith A. Colburn
  • English
  • 01 December 2020
  • 9781480234383