Day Two Hundred Ninety-seven

Stay? Go? Shock!

I listened to some more my audio book, The Worst Home Time by Timothy Egan, as I walked through my neighborhood today. This National Book Award winner recounts the personal stories of the folks that lived through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

In today’s passage, the residents of “No Man’s Land” struggled whether to stay or go. Many had lived in the area as homesteaders for decades but had good reasons to leave: their families were getting sick, they were broke, and the dust storms were wearing them down. On the other hand, many were not ready to walk away from everything they knew and all of their work. Besides, “Okies” weren’t always welcome in other places. Some left, but many stayed.

I also read about amazing stories of the static electricity that these dust storms caused: blue sparks on fences and repeated shocks with every touch. I don’t understand all of the science behind it, but it’s interesting stuff.

Good listen, good walk!


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