Author Archives: Ana McCracken

Skunk River Photo Essay

Another winter walk reveals the angles and textures of a broken down old wood bridge as Avy and I stroll along the Skunk River Trail. Continue reading

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Lone Hiker, Blessed Day Photo Essay

On another winter walk in the forest, Avy and I meet a lone hiker whose greeting beautifully captures the day. Continue reading

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Ames Woods Photo Essay

Avy and I go for a chilly fall walk in the Ames Woods. Avy wants to go down and explore the creek that runs under the bridge, while I would rather take photos of the subtle beauty all around us. Continue reading

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Ride-Along with Officer Ashley

This has been a busy night on my Citizen Police Academy (CPA) ride-along. Ashley and my shift has covered the gambit. A harassment call involving a female student against another female student. A call for assistance for an elderly man who needed medical assistance and a ride to Mary Greeley. The EMTs and firemen came just like they do on Chicago Fire. Continue reading

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My Night with the Ames Police

It’s late. Closing in on 3 am and I’m sitting in Officer Ashley’s SUV. A half hour ago we sped down Duff Ave at 80 mph, and then down HWY 30 heading towards Boone clocking over a 100 mph. “You like this job ‘cuz you get to drive fast,” I said. Continue reading

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Elizabeth Berg Said Yes!

Elizabeth Berg said yes to my invitation for her to speak next year at the Peninsula Volunteers Annual Authors Salon on Sunday, March 25th, 2018. Continue reading

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Ana Goes (Back) to School

On my way to being an over-achieving, “A” student this time around. First day of my non-degree creative non-fiction class. First assignment…Done. If I can pass two sections of the GREs, I’ll apply for the degree program in January.

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Sonoma Writer’s Camp Recap

The Sonoma County Writer’s Camp with Ellen Sussman & Elizabeth Stark, was an amazing experience. We wrote, ate, hiked, laughed and bunked together for 5 days, breaking boundaries and taking risks with our writing. Continue reading

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Why I Drove to Minneapolis to see Author Dani Shapiro

People ask me, “why Iowa,” when they learn that Ed, Avy and I left San Francisco earlier this year. Their faces scrunch and I smile. Why not? People are friendly here. Friends offer to pick up your paper when your … Continue reading

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A Drive to See Author Dani Shapiro

So, you might understand why five hours wasn’t too far to drive to see my favorite author, Dani Shapiro… Continue reading

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