Possible sunstroke victim awaiting ice water and essence of ginger on the streets of New York, 1800s. Photo from New York Public Library Digital Collection, public domain.

Patricia Grady Cox August 10, 2016 I can’t seem to stop reading this book! “The National Farmer’s and Housekeeper’s Cyclopaedia” contains too much useful information, especially if one is writing a novel set in this time period. This 1888 portal into the past offers not only the “science” but also the culture and attitudes of […]

“The National Farmer’s and Housekeeper’s Cyclopaedia.” [You’d think that period indicates we’ve reached the end of the title, but no. It continues with a subtitle:] “A Complete Ready Reference Library for Farmers, Gardeners, Fruit growers, Stockmen and Housekeepers, [note the comma, because it continues . . .] Containing a Large Fund of Useful Information, Facts, Hints, and Suggestions, [nope, not done yet] In the various departments of [take a deep breath] Agriculture, Horticulture, Live Stock Raising, Poultry Keeping, Bee Keeping, Dairy Farming, Fertilizers, Rural Architecture, Farm Implements, Household Management, Domestic Affairs, Cookery, Ladies’ Fancy Work, Floriculture, Medical Matters, Etc., Etc. [what could possibly be included in the etc.?]

Patricia Grady Cox August 3, 2016   I haven’t posted in a while due to a couple of relatively minor and totally fixable (now fixed) medical issues that kept me from typing. Instead, I worked on research for my current novel-in-progress and discovered I have a book entitled “The National Farmer’s and Housekeeper’s Cyclopaedia.” This book […]

Painting of Canyon de Chelly by Conrad Buff, circa 1940. Oil on Masonite, exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Calif.

Patricia Grady Cox January 6, 2015   One of the most common questions asked of authors is, “Where did you get your inspiration?” For me, reading about the history of the southwest, particularly Arizona, inspires me. The scenery of the southwest, the Sonoran desert, inspires me. Visiting places that remain untouched by time inspires me. […]

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Author Julia Robb has just released her fourth historical novel (previous titles are Saint of the Burning Heart, Del Norte, and Scalp Mountain). This one, The Captive Boy, is about the U.S. Army and the 1870s war with the Comanches. But it’s really about the fictional Colonel McKenna and his relationship with August Schiltz, a […]

Haunted Coyote

Patricia Grady Cox October 31, 2015 Ghostly encounters flare up throughout my novel CHASM CREEK. Ruben Santiago, an elderly Navajo, experiences most of these visions, visitations, and vexatious occurrences. In the following short excerpt, Ruben goes to a place called Haunted Hill, hoping to conjure up the image of his long-dead grandmother. Instead he gets […]

Staircase in the Crocker home. Another just like it was on the other side of the foyer.

Patricia Grady Cox October 29, 2015 I love looking inside homes that are not mine. I used to be addicted to HGTV for just that reason—all those house hunter shows! All those fixer-upper shows! So I cut down my cable in order to get other things done, such as attending a conference in Sacramento last […]

This rudimentary irrigation system is similar to what Esther Corbin is trying to finish in my novel CHASM CREEK. Esther and her missing husband bought their land under the 1877 Desert Land Act for 25 cents an acre, but they must irrigate it and grow crops within 3 years.

by Patricia Grady Cox October 14, 2015 With all the news about discovering running water on Mars and the drought in California, I thought it would be fun to provide a simplified history of the origins of water supplies in Arizona. The Arizona Territory, created in 1863, consisted primarily of prospectors and gold miners, various […]