Come to Bethel, Missouri
and travel to Willapa Bay, Washington
with Emma and Christopher. You will be glad you did!!
A Clearing in the Wild
Jane Kirkpatrick’s historical novels have a distinct and beautiful way of drawing you back to another time. A Clearing
In The Wild begins the Change and Cherish trilogy, and it take you into the Keil Colony formed in Bethel, Missouri, 1851.
It is there, on Christmas morning, that we meet Emma Wagner – a distinctive character whose story will grow and expand
in ways only Jane Kirkpatrick can share. This Colony of believers sounds similar to the Amish in many ways, and they practice
communal living set apart from the “outside” world. However, at age eighteen, Emma has become a woman who knows
her own mind, and she begins to question this blind submission to a man who hold women in such low regard. It is this independent
spirit that takes Emma on a rather treacherous journey into womanhood.
Finally out of my mind and in print
My First Novel is published
After 21 years, having found the technology and means to do so, I was persuaded by Lietta to publish that novel that
first sat untouched for almost fifteen years after its first writing, then later on a floppy disc and most recently a CD.
After Cheri's Christmas visit and hopefully the last editing we will do, the First Edition is now available online. The
novel is printed and bound on a demand basis which means that we do not get a volume rate nor do we get any free copies ourselves
that would have allowed us to gift the book to friends and family for Christmas. If you'd like to purchase a copy online you
should received it in about a week's time. If you want a copy but do not want to buy it online contact us and we'll arrange
the way for you to do that.
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"Rose Blake and her family in England are trapped in circumstances and events that are destroying their lives.
Hannah is a violent man called to a preaching ministry by Brigham Young in an effort to save his soul.
Based on an actual
historical event, And Should We Die is human nature at it's best and worst, a struggle to survive against
an unforgiving mother nature. And Should We Die is ultimately a love story from out of the history of the
The following is the novel's introduction that was written in 1999-2000:
And Should We Die was drafted and written as my first attempt at a novel. The writing was finished over a period
of time from October, 1986 to early 1987. As a novel the writing was submitted and returned by two literary agents as not-marketable
I made several attempts at a re-write but each time came very quickly to an inability to change anything with any kind
of enthusiastic creativity; a circumstance I attributed to mental burn out with the novel itself.
Now I view it differently. The writing is a novel but more than that a reflection of what has been inside the writer. The
final drafts and an assortment of redrafted parts are in my possession. The original first draft, after subsequent drafts
were written, was relegated to use by myself and family as scratch paper.
In retrospect, that original writing may very well contain the purity of expression before editing and perhaps a bit more
of the essence of what was in my mind. However, the original process of editing was merely a polishing of the rough draft
in the first place and a case could be made that such polishing further refined and made accurate the precise messages coming
This is the value of And Should We Die. It is my equivalent of "survivor art", if you will, where someone in a therapeutic
context attempts to portray in pictures what exists and is felt inside. This is very personal writing from within. It expresses
feelings, beliefs, attitudes and other emotions that were no longer willing to be bottled up and which, as a result, pushed
out into a written expression in 1986.
However, for a long time there was no one to read and comprehend. As the source of the writing, I myself saw it only as
an attempt to write marketable historical fiction; an attempt that accomplished nothing more than to reveal to me an aptitude
for writing. However, I had only a superficial understanding that what came out on paper was very revealing of personal inner
thinking. Although I was very proud of and devoted to the writing, I saw it only as an attempt that had failed.
Although I attempted once or twice to read it to the family, I myself did not sustain that effort. There seemed to be no
one else who could or would take the time to read it and the drafts lay in boxes in my home for 12 years. On two occasions
in the past five years I’ve attempted to read parts to my wife, Lietta, and each time I was brought to tears by what
I did not understand at those times why such would be the case except for the fact that the writing represented a time
when I worked like hell to give birth, if you will, to something restless within me. People use the phrase of “having
a novel in here that needs to be written,” and this for me was a blood-sweat-and-tears effort that defined part of a
However, recently, while on vacation, my wife invited me to read the novel to her from the start. I no sooner started to
read than found myself again in tears. But this time I saw something quite disturbingly clear. This writing was created for
my eyes in particular and it contained images that suddenly sprang into view much like commercial pictures that contain smaller
The more I read the more frequently I was moved to tears until it became obvious that 12 years ago, I had subconsciously
put in words much of what I was unable to say out loud. The act of reading these words aloud to another person somehow served
a therapeutic purpose that elicited responses way beyond being involved in reading fiction.
The writing is multi-layered. The characters all speak, obviously, from within my perceptual source. The characters are,
as any writer will tell you, extensions of myself more than they are creations modeled on someone else. The characters reflect
different points of my own view and, being multi-layered, there are many levels of perception.
I read this novel with very strong emotions and, twelve years after it was written, I acknowledge that it represents the
essence of how I see myself in terms of ancestry, culture and background. For me it is an anthem to who I am and the kind
of courageous people from whom I am descended.
In transcribing this writing from the paper copy which was done with a typewriter I have made a few corrections of grammar,
spelling and syntax for clarity purposes (to the degree I am able to do good proof-reading). I would not add to, delete or
change anything in this material, as it comes directly from my inner world and reflects too much to try to change it after
A.C.R., South Bend Washington, October, 1999
Preserving Culture Through Art
Draws on Native Heritage
from Lewis County Chronicle online
By Carrina Stanton
For The Chronicle
Though too humble call art a talent, Charles Funk of Chehalis does say it's been a part of his life as long as he can remember.
"I went to a school reunion once and my second grade teacher came up and said, ‘I remember you. You used to draw
in the margins of all your papers,'" Funk said. "It's become a way of life."
Through a lifetime of artistic endeavors, Funk has thrown himself into a variety of media. Just to name a few, he's been
involved in commercial art, illustrative work, oil paintings, watercolors, screen printing and carving. A common thread through
most of his endeavors, though, is the inspiration from his family history and childhood memories of Willapa Harbor and the
Chinook Indian Tribe.
"When I'm just sitting and loose drawing things I do Willapa Harbor," Funk said. "That or dancing bunnies, but that's for
Funk has been involved with the Chinook Tribe and the Quinault Indian Reservation since his grandparent's generation. His
father worked on the reservation in the Indian Conservation Corps, which was an organization similar to the Civilian Conservation
Corps. More recently, Funk has been a member of the Chinook Tribal Council for two years.
The 2,000-member Chinook Tribe, based near Astoria, Ore., is not yet recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, though
they are working on reinstatement. Funk said Northwest Indian is a popular art style with local artists, but what makes his
art unique is it is drawn specifically from the traditions of the Chinook Tribe. Though it is similar to many local Native
art styles, it has its own flavor, he explained.
Image -Chronicle online.