Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Round-Up Part Two

Westbound travelers can't miss 'Geese in Flight,' which looms above exit 72 on Interstate 94. It has been deemed the world's largest scrap-metal sculpture by 'Guinness Book of World Records.' 
The sun burst is made of over 300 lengths of well pipe and there is more than 4.4 miles of weld holding the sculpture together. The geese and the fake hills below the sunburst were made from 12 oil well tanks that were taken apart and welded back together to form the shapes. 
Geese in Flight stands 110 ft (33.5m) tall, is 154 ft (46.9m) wide and weighs 157,659 lb (71,512.91 kg). The sculpture resembles Canadian geese flying against a backdrop of sky and prairie and is the fifth in a series of seven metal sculptures located along the Enchanted Highway between Gladstone and Regent, North Dakota.

Candace Simar, local author and author from Peqout Lake MN  found poetic inspiration from this metal sculpture.

Dream with me
I dreamed the colors of the western sky
I dreamed the pathways where the geese would fly
I dreamed a dream for you 

Rise with me
Stretch wingtips to the skies with me.

My angels hide in prairie winds
Lifting you still higher
My servants flames of fire 
My will their one desire

Come dream this dream with me!

by Candace Simar
(permission granted for reposting)
Candace Simar is a writer and poet from Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, in the heart of Lake Country. As a life-long Minnesotan, the grandchild of immigrants, Candace nurtures a passion for Minnesota History. She is the author of the Spur Award-winning Abercrombie Trail Series which combines Candace's love of history intertwined with stories of her Scandinavian heritage.
"Birdie", part of the Abercrombie Series, received the 2012 Spur Award for best juvenile fiction and is set in the west. "Blooming Prairie", also part of the series, was honored as a finalist for the 2013 Spur Award.
"Farm Girls" was co-written with her sister, Angela F. Foster. This memoir written in poetry and prose celebrates growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm.

Candace's books are also available in audio, e-book, and large print. She is a member of the Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, the Loft Literary Center and The Crossing Arts Alliance.

Candace (front left) was our recent guest at our Hackensack book club. We met at a restaurant to discuss her award winning "Shelterbelts" and to learn more about the writing process and her life as an  author. 

"Shelterbelts" is a historical fiction novel  that offers all the best of Candace's talents with a mesmerizing read. Her story chronicles Minnesota farming life during a tumultuous time period of World War II.  Candace draws on her Norwegian culture and crafts a compelling story whose characters' stories stay with you long after the book is closed. Grants from Five Wings, a non-profit organization, workshops, along with family and community support helped make "Shelterbelts" become a reality.  

"Shelterbelts" was a finalist for the esteemed 2016 Willa Cather Literary Award and a 2016 Finalist for Midwest Book Award for Contemporary Fiction. 

For more details about the book storyline check out a previous posting on Ever Ready. 

To learn more about Candace, her books and scheduled events go to

It was fun catching up with Candace to learn more about her newest writing ventures. 
Five Star Cengage will be publishing "Escape to Ft. Abercrombie" in 2018.  The novel is labeled New Adult about three children whose family was massacred  during the Sioux Uprising in 1862. Readers follow the harrowing journey of these children through ten miles of tall prairie grasses to reach the safety of Ft. Abercrombie. 
A collection of short stories called "Dear Homefolks" will be published by Evergreen Press summer of 2017. 
Candace's latest historical research project includes the frontier life in the great north woods logging camps. 
Candace for coming to our book group discussion  

Next up for our book group 
"Book Thief" is a well-written book that should be breathed in slowly and appreciated, A masterpiece! 

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