In The Wind
by LaDonna Kramer
Hardcover, 152 Pages
FROM THE PUBLISHER
A Former Miss
Oklahoma and Maid Of Cotton, and a contestant in the Miss America
Pageant in Atlantic City, LaDonna Kramer Meinders‘ Leaves In
The Wind shares with the reader all that was good and
beautiful in her life as she grew up on the farm near Loyal.
An inspiration for young Oklahomans aspiring to be accomplished and
productive citizens. A nostalgic trip back to the farm and growing up
days for those who have already "arrived.".
Leaves In The Wind details a way of life
in the 1940s and 1950s as young people grew to adulthood in rural Oklahoma.
It will inspire middle school through adult readers. explaining in
detail how a young girl in a conscientious farm family in western Oklahoma
turned out to be a "sensitive artist of multiple abilities," as a
friend, Dr. J. Clyde Wheeler describes her in the book's introduction.
Dr. Wheeler continues, "The author was born and reared in rural Oklahoma.
All that was good and beautiful in that setting – her home and family
and all – she shares with her readers in Leaves In The Wind. Mrs.
Meinders possesses a host of commendable facets to her gracious
personality. She has always been the scholarly type, a pianist of
concert level, a teacher of piano, church worker and organist, world
traveler, wife, mother and now a gifted writer. The reader will get a
glimpse of all these attributes as he or she turns page after page of
this delightful volume."
The author notes, "These chronicles were not written as fiction. They
are set down from the memories of childhood so that my children, and
others, can know what it was like growing up in a simpler time, a time
when a change of seasons meant a change in the temperature of the house
and in the kind of work one did. It was a time when summer days were
long and still and brimming with life – the lonesome call of
turtledoves, the worrisome and ever present buzz of bees, the calling
of a baby calf for its mother, the infrequent sound of an airplane
overhead, and the distant, comforting putt–putt of the John Deere when
Daddy worked the fields close to the house.
In The Wind
By LaDonna Kramer Meinders