Here's what Dana writes about the book, which is focused on life in southwest Minnesota:
"There are heroes and there are casualties in this book, and sometimes it may not be easy to tell them apart. At other times, both labels may fit the same person. Some of the essays and poems in the book may be uplifting or inspiring. Others may not. I write about accomplishments, artists, friends, nature, and faith, but I also write about death, illness, and economic failure.
"Why can't I pick one or the other -- happy or downbeat? The reason is simple enough; life itself isn't about one or the other...A wholly engaged life is going to bring us all sorts of emotions, experiences, and lessons. What we make of them, and what they make of us, is what our lives end up being about."
Dana will be featured at SMSU's Visiting Writers Series on Wed., April 6, 7 p.m., CH 201. His books will be available at the reading. I hope you can join us. Get there early if you want a seat. When Dana reads, it's usually standing room only.