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August 2023 Magazine

This month we explore the reality of climate change as depicted in the work of evolutionary biologist Dr. Peter A. Corning. Over the course of the next few months, PR for People will publish each chapter of Dr. Corning's latest work Superorganism: Toward a New Social Contract for Our Endangered Species. This month we have news from Nebraska. Read about Priscilla Teley Foley, who designs couture apparel with distinctly African flair.  Also, Willa Cather’s My Antonia, the third book in her Great Plains Trilogy, is a breathtaking story about life on the Nebraska prairie in the 19th Century. 

My Antonia by Willa Cather: A truly good summer read

Some claim that My Antonia, the third and final book of Willa Cather’s Great Plains Trilogy, is her finest work. Bohemian immigrant Antonia Shimerda is depicted through the eyes of orphan boy Jim Burden, who comes to live with his grandparents in Nebraska after his own parents have died. My Antonia is meant to be the story of Jim Burden’s life—his remembrance of things past—of the life that he shared with Antonia, her family, and with his grandparents.


This month we take a look at true beauty from a myriad of unusual perspectives: Catholic Outreach Group Sacred Encounters Serves the Homeless in Downtown Seattle, Barbara McMichael writes about the beauty of quilting, Robin Lindley interviews documentary filmmaker John de Graaf, a man who has long been an advocate of environmental beauty, and Patricia Vaccarino reviews Willa Cather's "The Song of the Lark," which might be the most beautiful book of all time.


Book Review: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

O Pioneers!, the first book in Willa Cather’s Great Plains Trilogy, unfolds along the crags and ridges of  rough terrain that is harsh to all those who dwell here. Set in the still uncultivated Nebraska Prairie, the story is told through the lens of young Swedish-American woman Alexandra Bergson who has an uncanny head for business and an even stronger knack for spotting fertile land.

When Taxes Fund Fun, You Gotta Love ‘Em

For both individuals and businesses, paying taxes can feel a little like getting beat up by the school bully for your lunch money. Or, you can look at taxes as a tool to fuel progress and fun.