In classrooms from Afghanistan to Iowa

Photographs: Kurt Ullrich. MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Shaela Bresnan was looking for a new challenge when she first enlisted in the Army Reserves. “I thought it would be nice to have a physical challenge. Something new and exciting and different and hard,” she said. The war in Iraq had not been going on long, and Bresnan’s…

Who really wrote the “Little House” books? Laura or Rose?

  A lady in her 60s, a woman who never graduated from high school, sits down to write and produces one of the most famous literary series in American history. Now, some 80 years later, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series remains among the most widely celebrated and recognized of books documenting the American pioneer…