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The Writing HabitDavid Rodeback

Writing about writing, plus my own miscellaneous writings — unless they are about politics and government (see The Freedom Habit), religion (see The Faith Habit), or things I’ve been reading that aren’t about writing (see The Reading Habit).

I’m open to the possibility of publishing select pieces of others’ writing here, too. I almost want to say, don’t call me; I’ll call you. Actually, don’t call — but I wouldn’t mind you sending me some sort of message.

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David’s Writings

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Margie and Dell Terry

Casting Call for American Fork, August 25, 26, and 28

Elizabeth Babcock Rodeback and siblings

My Mother’s Mind

On Writing: “I can’t teach you how to have something to say.”

man in bow tie reading

About that American Fork Critique Group

Writing in American Fork (If You’re Serious)

David Rodeback, Poor As I Am

“Poor As I Am” (A Modern Tale of Christmas Eves)

Energies: Potential (A Photo Tribute to Marching Bands, Part I)

Joel Rodeback and his mellophone section

The Gift of Marching Band

Famous Frog, Infamous Logo, Grammatical Football Fans, Ze/Zir/Xyr

My Bishop Shoes

Guest: Jeff Rodeback – BYU Athletics and Keeping It in Perspective

Nine Roses and Three (a short story)

Thankful Reflections on an Interesting Year

Ann Padgett on Writing: “I Learned How to Forgive Myself”

John Miller - AF Band Bash

Music Is the Heart

Huntley Fitzpatrick: “I passed on the scotch and the smokes, but kept writing.”

Ann Padgett on Writing: Robyn the Critic

Ann Padgett on Writing: “Imagine running over a butterfly with an SUV”

Unofficial Marriage Records, Gretna Green, and Complications

Finding and Using Official Marriage Records

Leonard, Pronto, Hooptedoodle

A Failure of Imagination (a short story)

The Big, Thumping Heart of American Fork

Eleven-B (a short story)

The Sides We Don’t See (or Commit an Act of Family History This Season)

Sometimes You Succeed (or Finding My Brothers’ Graves)

Nineteen Kinds of Death Records and Their Uses

After the Family Reunion

Birth Certificates and 27 Other Places to Look for Birth Data

Preserving My Grandfather’s Voice

Finding My People in the US Census

What’s in a US Census?

Nine Ways to Make Family History a Habit

Family Video Night, Holiday Version

The Undertaker Interviews

Stuck Happens! 13 Things to Do When It Happens to You

Four Ways to Publish Those Family Treasures

The Cemetery Comes to Life

Ice Cream Rules

In Praise of Baby-Steppers

Searching for Sergeant Pinney

The Dark Side of Family History, and Its Uses


Father’s Day
(A Novella)

by David Rodeback


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It’s the early 1970s in an American university town. The Vietnam War rages overseas, and antiwar sentiment simmers at home. The culture of free love and homegrown marijuana finds, on most days, an uneasy truce with the masses of ordinary people, who are simply trying to eke out ordinary lives.

Five-year-old Joey’s world rapidly expands to include school, church, a best friend who comes and goes, a major change in his family, social issues he doesn’t quite understand, and economic challenges he doesn’t yet appreciate. Joey’s hard-working, single mom struggles to make ends meet, while Joey discovers, in his five-year-old way, the ups and downs of tornadoes, prairie dogs, recess, dictionaries, prowlers, friendship, running away, arson, and health care — all while trying to figure out which people in his little world are hippies, and which are “people like us.”

More a book for adults about childhood than a book for children, this charming and gentle tribute to mothers, fathers, and little boys invites readers to bask in their own childhood memories. The essential qualities of childhood transcend place and time, and every five year old is in some sense a philosopher.[/one_half] [one_half_last]

Personal History and Essays
of Bertha Artelle Noble Babcock

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This book gathers autobiographical essays by Bertha Artelle Noble Babcock (1896-1982), who lived in Utah and Idaho, and served an LDS mission in the American South. Essays included are “My Childhood,” “My School Days,” “Father Is Called on a Mission,” “My Mission,” “My Church Work,” “My Marriage and Family,” “Our ‘Other Grandma'” (about her husband’s mother, Judith Hannah King Babcock), and “Sheepherders I Have Known.” The Second Edition contains additional photos and indexes of persons and places mentioned in the essays.

Born in Kaysville, Utah, in 1896, Bertha Artelle Noble lived most of her life in the Lost River area of Idaho, near Arco. She served as an LDS (Mormon) missionary in the southern United States, then returned home, married Ross Osborn Babcock, and bore and raised eight children.

Edited and compiled by Elizabeth Noble Babcock Rodeback, Jon Rodeback, and David Rodeback.[/one_half_last]

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