As a lifelong journalist, I'm always thinking of ways to make more connections to foster further exploration. These are resources for my readers who want more information about some of the book's fascinating subjects.
I've included them here to pursue as you wish. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Let me know what you think
Carol Purington's Tanka: www.woodslawnfarm.com
Richard Todd: Penguin Random House page
Rob Ripley: While there are no easy online resources to point to for Rob Ripley, see Minnie Richardson entry below. Also, Michael Kline, who is mentioned in the article, is actively involved with his wife, Carrie Kline in using oral history and son to bridge the deepening cultural divides in society from their Talking Across the Lines base in West Virginia. It's important work, so I include it here.
Wally and Juanita Nelson: The Juanita Morrow Nelson and Wallace F. Nelson Papers, 1923-2015, part of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, https://www.swarthmore.edu/library/peace/DG251-299/dg262NelsonJuanitaWally.htm is the most exhaustive resource on the Nelsons, but it is not available online. Similarly, Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Deerfield, Mass. is home of the Nelson's cabin, which has been restored as a living memorial to this fascinating, committed couple..
Lorre Wyatt: LorreWyatt.com
Elwood Babbitt: elwood-babbitt.com
Quabbin and the Swift River Valley: Excerpt from Larry Hott's documentary, "The Old Quabbin Valley"
Minnie Richardson: While there are no direct online resources I could find about Minnie Richardson, she does epitomize the close-to-the-soil Yankees who still were rooted to the land when I began writing in Franklin County wnd was among those featured in Rawn Fulton's excellent documentary, Root Hog or Die. I heartily recond this hour-long film, which Rawn made with Newbold Noyes, in 1973, and which Alan Lomax called, "“A significant contribution to American oral history.” The lifestyle of those Franklin County and nearby southern Vermont characters depicted, as well as of Rob Ripley, perhaps, is also carried on by people who work still the land here, like farming brothers Mark and David Duprey.
The film, which can be viewed using the above link or on Kanopy, possibly accessible free through your local lbrary. Also available through Digital Educational Resources, Root Hog or Die is a must-see for anyone who wants to truly understand this lifestyle.
Rami Efal and Zen Peacemakers: Zen Peacemakers International
Norton Juster: Reading Rockets Video interview
Arnold Black: Music Theatre International
Barry Moser: Pennyroyal Press
Jean-Claude van Itallie: www.vanitallie.com
Dale Schwarz and Guillermo Cuéllar: Center for Creative Consciousness