Double Down posts from April 2014

Apr 22, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin
[Photograph courtesy of Jeff Ross]
 
Following on from Nevada Humanities' piece about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering that aired on Reno Public Radio (KUNR) in February, we are delighted to now have new partnership in place with the network to bring to listeners Nevada's Hidden Stories - an occasional series which will focus on the unique people, places, and communities that make Nevada the place we call home.  
 
The latest edition of Nevada's Hidden Stories features writer, photographer, and Nevada resident, CJ Hadley, who was recently presented with a prestigious Wrangler Award for Outstanding Poetry Book from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma.  The award honored the latest book...
Apr 14, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

The photograph above, taken in the dim and distant mists of time, shows the two year old me near a campsite in Normandy.  Evidently I have always taken my boulangerie items very seriously.

My brother and I were blessed to be raised by two Francophile parents in the county of Kent, which lies adjacent to the English channel. The combination of this geographical proximity and parental predilection meant that we spent many a family holiday in France.  For my brother, David, these early experiences definitively shaped the course of his adult life – he is now an eminent French historian (well, I think he’s eminent anyway). For me, the impact has been...