Ruth J. Heflin is creating Books, Jewelry, and Cardiac Care
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I write both fiction and nonfiction, and am currently working on two books. One is an ecological retrospective of Charles A. Eastman's Red Hunters and the Animal People. Eastman was a Lakota physician, who attended to the wounded and dying from the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. While his Red Hunters book was sold, primarily, for children, it provides a fascinating window into how a man raised as a traditional Sioux brave viewed the natural world of which he was an intricate part. My husband and I have visited several of the places he describes in the book, examining the ecological changes that 115 years have wrought.

The other book is more urgent for me: Pitiless Bronze: How the Iliad Symbolizes the Violence that Gave Rise to the Patriarchy. I have carefully researched how we can tell when the patriarchy that now dominates much of the world began, and am carefully examining evidence that demonstrates that even the "heroic" males of the Iliad struggled with this new image of their society.

Please join me in making these books come to life.

Along the way, as I have time and means, I will also create videos documenting my recovery from heart failure, warning other women how our symptoms can manifest themselves very differently than what men experience, and offering suggestions for full recovery.

I cannot stop myself from creating jewelry. Typically, I give away what I make because I appreciate so many people who have made my life not just tolerable, but wonderful.

I would love to show you my appreciation in the same way for your continued support as my patron.
Tiers
My Precious
$10 or more per month
Money is a precious commodity for so many people. By pledging to pay me $10 a month, I realize you are dipping into funds you might like to or might NEED to spend elsewhere. For that, you become My Precious! Your one-time reward for becoming My Precious! will be one piece of jewelry that I make personally for you. Please let me know your favorite color when you pledge. You will also gain access to my Patrons-only posts. Thank you for becoming my Patron!
Heart of My Heart
$25 or more per month
People have big hearts, and yours is generous to a fault. When we show gratitude to our loved ones, we offer them our hearts, often showing our love "on our sleeves." Your one-time reward for becoming a Heart of My Heart will be one piece of jewelry that I make personally for you. Please let me know your favorite color when you pledge.  You will also gain access to my Patrons-only posts. I will also mention your name in at least one of the videos I make on my recovery from heart failure.  Thank you for becoming my Patron!  
Liberty Ruby
$100 or more per month
Precious gems radiant warmth and beauty, and have fascinated human beings since the stone age. Finding a ruby was like finding the lifeblood of the earth. Your one-time reward for becoming a Liberty Ruby will be one piece of jewelry that I make personally for you. Please let me know your favorite color when you pledge. I will also mention your name in at least one of the videos I make on my recovery from heart failure, and will sign a copy of either Yonni Hale and the Cosmic Wind or I Remain Alive: the Sioux Literary Renaissance for you.  Thank you for becoming my Patron!  
Hope Diamond
$500 or more per month
I've been writing since I was five years old. It's been very challenging to find an agent that will sell books written in Kansas, but I have been fortunate to find editors who appreciate my work. Such support gives me hope. Your one-time reward for becoming a Hope Diamond will be one piece of jewelry that I make personally for you. Please let me know your favorite color when you pledge.  You will also gain access to my Patrons-only posts. I will also mention your name in at least one of the videos I make on my recovery from heart failure, and will sign a copy of any of my books for you.  Thank you for becoming my Patron! 
Goals
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To depend less on my "day job," and more on my creative work. I hardly have time to write, but am impatient to really settle in and work on my Pitiless Bronze: How the Iliad Symbolizes the Violence that Gave Rise to the Patriarchy scholarly book, which I would like to have published by a respected scholarly press.
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I write both fiction and nonfiction, and am currently working on two books. One is an ecological retrospective of Charles A. Eastman's Red Hunters and the Animal People. Eastman was a Lakota physician, who attended to the wounded and dying from the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. While his Red Hunters book was sold, primarily, for children, it provides a fascinating window into how a man raised as a traditional Sioux brave viewed the natural world of which he was an intricate part. My husband and I have visited several of the places he describes in the book, examining the ecological changes that 115 years have wrought.

The other book is more urgent for me: Pitiless Bronze: How the Iliad Symbolizes the Violence that Gave Rise to the Patriarchy. I have carefully researched how we can tell when the patriarchy that now dominates much of the world began, and am carefully examining evidence that demonstrates that even the "heroic" males of the Iliad struggled with this new image of their society.

Please join me in making these books come to life.

Along the way, as I have time and means, I will also create videos documenting my recovery from heart failure, warning other women how our symptoms can manifest themselves very differently than what men experience, and offering suggestions for full recovery.

I cannot stop myself from creating jewelry. Typically, I give away what I make because I appreciate so many people who have made my life not just tolerable, but wonderful.

I would love to show you my appreciation in the same way for your continued support as my patron.

Recent posts by Ruth J. Heflin

Tiers
My Precious
$10 or more per month
Money is a precious commodity for so many people. By pledging to pay me $10 a month, I realize you are dipping into funds you might like to or might NEED to spend elsewhere. For that, you become My Precious! Your one-time reward for becoming My Precious! will be one piece of jewelry that I make personally for you. Please let me know your favorite color when you pledge. You will also gain access to my Patrons-only posts. Thank you for becoming my Patron!
Heart of My Heart
$25 or more per month
People have big hearts, and yours is generous to a fault. When we show gratitude to our loved ones, we offer them our hearts, often showing our love "on our sleeves." Your one-time reward for becoming a Heart of My Heart will be one piece of jewelry that I make personally for you. Please let me know your favorite color when you pledge.  You will also gain access to my Patrons-only posts. I will also mention your name in at least one of the videos I make on my recovery from heart failure.  Thank you for becoming my Patron!  
Liberty Ruby
$100 or more per month
Precious gems radiant warmth and beauty, and have fascinated human beings since the stone age. Finding a ruby was like finding the lifeblood of the earth. Your one-time reward for becoming a Liberty Ruby will be one piece of jewelry that I make personally for you. Please let me know your favorite color when you pledge. I will also mention your name in at least one of the videos I make on my recovery from heart failure, and will sign a copy of either Yonni Hale and the Cosmic Wind or I Remain Alive: the Sioux Literary Renaissance for you.  Thank you for becoming my Patron!  
Hope Diamond
$500 or more per month
I've been writing since I was five years old. It's been very challenging to find an agent that will sell books written in Kansas, but I have been fortunate to find editors who appreciate my work. Such support gives me hope. Your one-time reward for becoming a Hope Diamond will be one piece of jewelry that I make personally for you. Please let me know your favorite color when you pledge.  You will also gain access to my Patrons-only posts. I will also mention your name in at least one of the videos I make on my recovery from heart failure, and will sign a copy of any of my books for you.  Thank you for becoming my Patron!