LaVera Edick has always loved art and writing but for the longest time, life got in the way. She grew up in Nebraska, a child of the Depression, the Dust Bowl, the dirty 30s. But she recalls not everyone was destitute.
"Some people recall they were the good days during the bad days because even though there was a shortage of money, there was an abundance of love and family togetherness. My father taught me early in life that God has a plan for each of us. And God helps those who help themselves," says Edick.
She outlines her life story in her book, Four Score and More, which she started three years ago at the age of 85. She tells of her childhood, three marriages, five children, and learning to support herself and her family over the years. It was while she was selling Stanley Home Products, makeup and cleaning supplies, that she was transferred to Bismarck.
"I became almost a hermit, I guess, in writing that book for the past three years. I'd even find myself waking up in the middle of the night with a thought that just had to be gotten down right now. I kept a pad and pencil by my bedside. But oftentimes I'd get up and write for two to three hours at night," says Edick.
And she's not resting on her laurels. She's doing the illustrations for her second book, called Kat Tales and Kitty Capers, about a woman she considers to be her second mother.
"I'm hoping that my readers will find enjoyment in recalling memories of their own bygone days, or perhaps those of their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents. Also, I hope it will inspire some people to leave a legacy to their family," says Edick.
And she did it without the help of a computer. She wrote her book in longhand.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-03-09 05:06:58 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
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The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
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Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
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NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.