Built to Last a Lifetime: Reeds in the Wilderness
by Dr. Ernest Matuschka
About the author
Ernest Matuschka grew up in a small town in rural Nebraska. He grew up during the War Years and owned a single shot 12 gauge shotgun. A, a youngster he hunted and fished and kept the family Supplied with pheasant, duck, and fish. Shortly after graduating from college he entered the Air Force and served as an Intelligence Officer during the Korean War. following his separation from active duty, he taught school in Colorado, California, Paris, France, and Germany. It was during the two years in Mannheim, Germany that he met his writing partner, Betty Durbin. Ernest completed his Ph.D. in psychology and taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for twenty years while at the same time he had a small private practice.
Ernest has many articles published in professional journals, written four books on family genealogy and translated one book from German to English. He retired from teaching in 1990 and since that time he and his wife have moved to Arizona. Elizabeth Durbin is a retired teacher. She was born in Wisconsin and because her father was an Army officer the family moved often settling finally in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees at Western Kentucky University. After teaching at the university for a year, Betty began a series of assignments at military bases, first at Fort Knox, Kentucky ending in Mannheim, Germany. Returning to the States, she taught in California and the last 24 years in Kentucky. Her specialists were Art and English. A mother of six, Betty told stories to her children. Later she put them into writing so the children could read them. In the summer, she lives in her mountain home near Barren River Lake. In the winter she lives in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Cole Matuschka, the grandson of the author, produced all of the illustrations in the book. Cole lives independently in Jefferson, Indiana.
About the book
In book one Sarah and Nathan undergo the ordeal of being captured and then rescued. They rehabilitate at the Fort then return home. Upon returning to their home they find a burned-out cabin with only the rock chimney standing. Pa said it would last a lifetime.
Sarah, Nathan, and Pa set out to rebuild the cabin and to put crops into the ground hoping to return to a normal life. That worked well into the fall when an unexpected newcomer becomes part of the family and with all the adventures and misadventures that follow that. Book 2 is full of surprises for the readers as they follow this family in the pioneer days of old Kentucky.
Dr. Ernest Matuschka
October 24, 2019