LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — And We Are Published

For more than a decade, Jim and I have been writing together and editing one another’s work. Wednesday was a big day in our writing life. Our first jointly written article has been published and the journal was dropped into our mail slot this afternoon by our friendly postal delivery woman.

We are thrilled. At least, I am. For Jim, this really isn’t such a big deal, as he has been published in many periodicals, including his current monthly column in Dakota Country magazine. I’ve had articles published in the North Dakota Library Association newsletter and other odds and ends, but none of that is quite as delightful as this, an article in On Second Thought, the magazine of the North Dakota Humanities Council, which features the writing of some of our most respected fellow North Dakotans.

You can read our article, “The Time Has Come to Do Our Part” here. It is a story of one our adventures in our sacred landscape, the Little Missouri River Valley, in winter. An encounter in grace.

Now, we turn our full attention to the book we are co-authoring. Stand tuned. Oh — that and the garden!

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Lillian Crook

A retired librarian, Lillian Crook is an Army child but completed her junior high and high school education while living in North Dakota’s Slope County, where her parents retired to her mother's family farm and ranch. She completed a bachelor's degree in English from Dickinson (N.D.) State University and a master’s of library science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and was an academic librarian at DSU for 26 years. She later worked for Theodore Roosevelt National Park as a museum technician and volunteered for TRNP in many capacities. She is married to Jim Fuglie, is an avid reader, gardener and birder and enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, photography and writing, is the mother of twin daughters and loves yoga. She and Jim run Red Oak House Books and Publishers from their home. Lillian is the founder of Badlands Conservation Alliance, a grass-roots voice for wild places in western North Dakota. Bullion Butte is the center of her universe, and she is happiest when floating the Little Missouri River. Her blog,, consists of random thoughts on wild places and musings on life in Red Oak House of Bismarck. She can also be followed on Twitter @WildDakotaWoman. She takes heart from one of her favorite writers, Terry Tempest Williams, who wrote, "If you know wilderness like you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go. We are talking about the body of the beloved, not real estate."

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