The Tribune welcomes a new blogger, Lynda Beck Fenwick, to our website, www.pratttribune.com.
Art Appreciation will begin appearing as soon as arrangements can be made.
Fenwick is a published author, blogger and book reviewer, an attorney and a former teacher. She divides her time between the "homeplace" at Macksville, where she is the fourth generation with sandy loam soil in her bloodstream and a home in Fort Worth, Texas. Her great-grandparents, Aaron and Susan Beck, proved up on both a homestead and a timber claim in Pratt County before moving to Stafford County.
She writes about art appreciation on the prairie, drawing inspiration from a journal of Isaac Beckley Werner, a homesteader, agriculturalist, inventor, journalist, scholar and political activist who lived in south central Kansas from 1845-1895. Her weekly blog is based in the area around Pratt.
"My early connection with Isaac B. Werner grew from our mutual passion for reading and our common belief in the benefits to each generation from reading the wisdom of their forefathers that can be found in books," she wrote in a 2012 blog.
After transcribing his diaries, Fenwick discovered that he knew three sets of her great-grandparents. The journal entries that she shares give insight into life on the prairie in the late 1880s.
She is a member of the board of directors for the Vernon Filley Art Museum, and sometimes links her blog to the museum's website. She gives credit to Marsha Brown at the Pratt County Historical Museum for helping with research for the blog.
Fenwick is the author of "Should the Children Pray?" described as an historical, judicial and political examination of public school prayer, for which she was named Georgia Nonfiction Author of the Year. She was a State Bar of Texas Short Story Finalist for "The Woman Who Loved Atticus." She also wrote "Private Choices, Public Consequences" about reproductive technology and ethics of conception, pregnancy and the family, as well as articles in Baylor Law Review and an article in Encyclopedia Britannica.
Born in Kansas, she has lived in Kansas (a December blog includes a photo of her grade card from Byers Grade School), New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina. She is married to Larry D. Fenwick.