My Blog Experiment -- and Workshop

Earlier this summer, I offered a workshop on Blogging Basics; however, not all of the participants had a laptop, so I wanted to offer it again. I am still looking for dates and venues, but will post the information here when I get it finalized.  

I created a new blog for the workshop, using blogger, and found it so enjoyable that I am now posting to it as well as Geekygrandma. If you're new to blogging, check it out.

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She is looking for 10-12 pages plus a few images (3 or 4)

The title of the essay/chapter will be the advice given by this woman.

Deadline: June 1st  -- contact her and she will work with you!

Interested? Contact Twyla Dell at

Contact Publisher Twyla Dell, who is at work on a second volume, focusing on lessons learned from mothers and grandmothers.

Twyla Dell, who wrote about her own mother for the first volume is looking for women to tell their family stories, focusing on a mother or grandmother and their advice or family philosophy that has been handed down.


For Example, Twyla writes, “My grandmother was a valiant woman who never said a mulling word. Though she endured many a hardship, she left me with this impression rather than spoken advice, “be not afraid.” And that’s what her story is about.


We Are Our Mothers' Daughters: 9 Women Who Made a Difference, Volume 1

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Book News

I wrote an essay about my mother: "To Really Know Yourself, You Must Know Where you Came From and Who Your Forefathers and Mothers were." It is one of nine essays about mothers for volume 1 of We are Our Mothers' Daughters: 9 Women who Made a Difference.

The cost of the book is $10.00. It's available from Amazon at the create space URL below. 

Paperback: 162 pages 
Publisher: Last Lap Press, Oct. 4, 2016 
ISBN-10: 1539376559 
ISBN-13: 978-1539376552

The Midwestern Moment

I've written a chapter about Ruth Suckow for a book that came out June 1, 2017. The book is titled The Midwestern Moment, and it is a collection of essays about Midwestern Writers and Regionalism. It is NOW available on Amazon!

Opening the box!    The front Cover. Jon Lauck is the editor.    The back cover lists the names of the contributors.

The book will be available on Amazon for $24.99 by July 1st. 
Hastings College Press
Hastings College
710 N. Turner Ave
Hastings, NE 68901

    My Chapter, "The Realistic Regionalism of Iowa’s Ruth Suckow," focuses on Suckow's life and work and argues that she is worth remembering for her remarkable story telling ability, her realistic portrayal of characters, especially women, and for her contribution to the regionalism debate.

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Ruth Suckow, 1931 

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Welcome to the NEW Geeky Grandma!

 Cherie Dargan, Black Hills  Black hands sculpture holding iPhone
I'm Cherie--a geek and a grandma who loves to write and play with technology.  One of my favorite geeky gifts from my husband, and fellow geek, Mike. It's a pair of hands that holds my old iPhone (now used as a mini tablet).

    I've been writing all of my life: my mother saved one of my first stories about a mother pig who rolls over and squashes her baby. She buries it, but the wise farmer realizes that the baby pig is still alive and digs it out and returns it to the mother.  The story is written in pencil, with several glaring spelling errors, typical of six-year-olds; however, my mother thought it was worth saving. My early efforts reveal my fascination with writing, as well as my penchant for creating stories with tragedy, miracles, and happy endings.  

    Throughout my life, I've loved reading, telling and writing stories: growing up, if I wasn't writing a story, I was reading one and daydreaming about writing in between those two activities!  However, I don't think even my wild imagination as a child could have seen me using a PC, smartphone or iPad to record my thoughts, write a column, and work on my website and blog. As a Community College teacher, I've taught a variety of classes using technology for the past 25 years and discovered that various technology tools enhance creativity and make it easier to collaborate, share, and archive writing. Besides that, it's fun, as my two grandsons remind me every time they get their hands on my old iPhone (loaded with Educational games and Apps) or iPad.  

    This website will explore the intersection between the act of writing and using technology such as social media, web tools, and mobile devices and apps. It is both a writer's blog and a place to gather resources to help other writers. I've been writing a Technology Column for almost 3 years and have included those archives as well. For that reason, I decided not to go with a typical blog: I hope you will find something useful here. If you do, please let me know. If you have a technology question, please contact me using the email on my contact page.

Please note that the Subscribe button does not work on Google's Chrome Browser but does work on Internet Explorer and Firefox!

This site has been saved as a template and then copied to a new Google Sites account, giving me additional space.

Last Updated September 29, 2017