Karen Bergstralh

Karen was one of the first members of the Gazette Editorial Board. She passed away in early 2013. The Gazette Staff and the 1632 community miss her a lot.

Her self-written bio is below:

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I'm a retired engineer who currently lives in Southern California with a grumpy cat..

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Karen's story "Horse Thieves" was published in Ring of Fire II, January 2008.

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Farm Vet

Farm Vet

Jo Ann Manning sat back on her heels. She knew what she needed to do. She had the tools and the knowledge. This was what she’d been born to be—a farm vet. The older folks might moan and groan over the changes the Ring of Fire had wrought but Jo Ann knew that...
Steaks or Cheese?

Steaks or Cheese?

The archaeological evidence indicates that cattle were the third species domesticated by man, the first two being goats and sheep. For around seven thousand years man has used cattle as a source of draft power and food. Across those millennium cattle have been changed...
Stallions vs. Geldings as War and Riding Horses

Stallions vs. Geldings as War and Riding Horses

Recently I had an email exchange about the use of stallions vs. geldings as warhorses and riding horses. In hopes that some of this might be useful for other writers, I put together the following compilation of my responses. As always, my opinions on horses and...
Homecoming

Homecoming

January 1636, Dover, England Four large bay mares walked quietly down the gangplank and on to the quay. Their heads lifted, nostrils widened, and ears swiveled taking in the new sights, odors, and sounds but they showed no signs of distress. Wilfram Jones smiled in...
Duty Calls

Duty Calls

  March, 1634 The room was packed with villagers happy to see visitors and hear the latest news and gossip. Rob Clark, stretching his legs, found two young boys under the table. It seemed to him that every inch of space was crammed with people. Some youngsters...
Guilds 101

Guilds 101

Guilds had a long history. Depending upon your exact definition, a form of guilds can be traced back over 4,000 years. By the twentieth century all but a few guilds had disappeared and the handful that remain had altered greatly. A major factor in their disappearance...
Tool or Die

Tool or Die

Late January, 1632 Martin Schmidt walked briskly down the Tech Center hallway, his mind full of plans. The thread rolling machine was working well and he was eager to take the next step and build a drop forge. A drop forge needed a source of power to raise the ram....
Moonraker

Moonraker

The black hull towered above Monsieur De Roche. It was the pinnacle of his dreams and the final blow to his shipyard. Copper cladding gleamed in the late afternoon sun. The loans to buy that alone would sink him. The ship hung above his head, supported for a quarter...