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Prairie Pulse

Finding the spirit of the Prairie Pulse

You may, or may not have noticed a prolonged absence of the Prairie Pulse. I’d like to chalk it all up to illness, but the fact is that most of the absence is completely unrelated to my health.

I have in fact taken time to reevaluate how I proceed with Prairie Pulse for the coming year. I am weighing the investment of time necessary to properly present historical information accurately. And I am taking stock of the types of information readers may find relevant and interesting.

I feel, in fairness, I would like to start a conversation with my readers. What has interested you in reading the Prairie Pulse? What information or topics would you like to see presented?

Do you prefer me sticking solely to the facts as I did with “Riding the Rails” on Oct. 8? Or did you find the piece “Florence history scripted like a western movie” on Oct. 22 more interesting? Do you enjoy the blog better when I have travelled to the site to offer my own personal perspective?

I have also considered cutting back how often I will offer the blog. I am now considering writing on a bi-monthly basis, rather than a weekly blog. There may be events and times where I increase my blog, like during the Idaho County Fair. But generally, I think two blogs a month should suffice.

I have wrestled with offering Q&A pieces with individuals throughout Idaho County who have tales to share. My dilemma with this is that I tend to believe this is more an interview and less a topic for a blog. (You may be thinking, rightfully so, that I am now just talking aloud to myself and typing along. Humor me and follow along.)

My idea is to present a character, or place in time, and present them through the eyes of the participant. Say your grandfather remembers his grandfather telling stories of working for the stage coach. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear your grandfather’s voice recounting the tales from his grandfather?

I believe so. The struggle now is to find just those stories from just those people!

You know who they are. I now rely on that dialogue between reader and writer. If you know such a person, reach out to me. If you are that person, get in contact with me.

There are several ways to reach me: email me at <strong>lchapman@idahocountyfreepress.com>; call me at work at 208-983-1200; or message me through the Free Press Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/idahocountyfreepress/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.

For now, as I ponder what the Prairie Pulse can realistically generate, I am taking a brief break from publishing. With the holidays approaching and much to consider about the blog, my plan is to take a break for the next three weeks and open 2017 with an exciting stream of topics that you willing enjoy reading and share with your friends.

Have a topic you would like to see me cover? Reach out to me and open a dialogue.

Remember I am relatively new to the area and entirely fascinated with learning all there is to know about Idaho County. I am open to your suggestions, thoughts, and general floggings in the meantime. Pick up the phone or sit down at your computer and shoot me an email.

Let’s chat!

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