Sunday, February 24, 2013


I heard the first cardinal call this morning just as the sun was coming up and everything was so, so, quiet.  Can spring be far away?

            Learned this past week that the hour-long documentary produced by Wisconsin Public TV called JERRY APPS: A FARM STORY has been sold to National Public TV for showing across the country.  The interest in farm stories seems to be on the rise.  Remember Paul Harvey and the Super Bowl commercial about the importance of farmers.  It was deemed one of the best if not the best commercial of all that were broadcast during the game.

            I have two new books coming out in April, one for young adults that is titled LETTERS FROM HILLSIDE FARM (Fulcrum Press).  It is about farm life during the Depression Years. The other, LIMPING THROUGH LIFE (Wisconsin Historical Society Press), is about the time I had polio and how it changed my life.  You can check both books out on  They will soon be in your bookstores.

            For the past several weeks, I’ve been working with Wisconsin Public TV on a second hour-long documentary that will be titled something like WINTER ON THE FARM WITH JERRY APPS.  If all goes well, it will be aired in December of this year.   The documentary is based on my upcoming book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press called, THE QUIET SEASON.

            Finally, I’m giving all my loyal blog readers a rest for the month of March, while I am off to a writing retreat.  I plan to return just before Easter and resume writing these few paragraphs each week.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: How marvelous the first Cardinal call in late winter.


February 27, Noon, Mt. Morris Insurance Company annual meeting, Richford, Wi

March 2, 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Public TV, “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.”

March 3, 7:00 p.m. Wisconsin Public TV, “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.”

March 6- 27: Writing Retreat, Florida.


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1 comment:

Mary Vinz said...

Saturday night 3/2/2013 in Dalton, southwestern Green Lake County, we were watching the public TV station from Madison and saw our Farm Extension Agent that we recognized-Jerry Apps. It brought back many good 4-H and Green Lake County Fair memories. Thanks for the memories from the Vinz Families: George's-George, Joe, Dick, Mary and Jean; Morris's-Morris Jr., Tom, Steve, Al;and John's-Kathy and Margaret.