A 1950’s photo of the dairy farm where I grew up in Northwestern Wisconsin. I am writing about growing up on this farm in the mid-20th century with one-room schools, hard work for children and adults and lots of simple outdoor entertainment for kids. I couldn’t wait to leave but now look back with nostalgia.

REMEMBERING ROSIE….upcoming book

It seems like the world is grinding to a halt with the advent of Covid-19. We are fearful, sheltered, and worried about family.  I am thankful for the time it gives me to write and paint.

I am writing a book about growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm in the 1950’s, a world before television and cell phones, a sheltered world of home, community and church.

Here is my “elevator speech” about REMEMBERING ROSIE:

A ten-year old Wisconsin farm girl watches her favorite cow Rosie being loaded on a truck and taken to slaughter. She vows never to be a farmer or a farmer’s wife. She is a fourth generation of German pioneer settlers in North Central Wisconsin. Despite having an often-idyllic childhood, by the 1950s, the country’s post-war optimism fed teenage Block’s hope of going to college to escape her barricaded and often small-minded world of farm, small community, and church.

Block’s quest of going to college is not encouraged by her family and teachers and there is no money to help her. She is the oldest of five children and feels she must lead the way. Take a trip through the good, bad, and ugly of dairy farm living in the 1950s as the author looks back with nostalgia on the childhood she wished to escape.

November 2019 Ending Corporal Punishment of Children in the U.S.

We will end corporal punishment of children in the U.S. and join almost 60 countries that now do so. Countries that ban corporal punishment, including most of Europe, have done so in order to reduce child abuse and give children the same protection adults enjoy to be free from physical harm. A bill in the Virginia legislature would ban hitting children with objects, a great step in that direction. 

S.B. 32 in the Virginia legislature would ban hitting children with objects.  Hooray!  

SB32: Corporal punishment of a child with an object; penalty. Provides that any parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of a child under 18 years of age who uses an inanimate object to subject a child to corporal punishment, as defined in the bill, is guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor. The bill also provides that a defendant not previously convicted of corporal punishment of a child with an object may have his charge deferred to enter a treatment program. The charge may be dismissed upon successful completion of the treatment program.| Patron: Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax | READ MORE

See latest information on use of corporal punishment worldwide

New Book Review says Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment is well-researched, insightful, focused, concise, cohesive and equips readers with information and practical steps they need to act.


The book has an effective organization, a combination problem-solution and how-to that equips readers with the information and practical steps they need to act. The table of contents, however, feels a bit over-detailed; it is weighed down with detail and slows the reader down in seeing the overarching form of the book. The book is well researched and gives insightful historical perspective; but adding even more current data (from the last five years) would give the book greater immediacy and help people see the very present realty of a problem that many people assume is in the past. The information on the connection between corporal punishment and youth violence is particularly insightful; overall, the book does a great job busting myth and adding depth to basic understandings about corporal punishment. The visual tone of the cover, which feels a little bit cartoonish, doesn’t match the serious, academic tone of the book. The tables are helpful and easy to read. The book does a good job managing the needs of a diverse combination of audience members: from parents to school personnel to legislator with such a group it would be easy for the book to feel scattered, but it feels focused, concise, and cohesive.

Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. (2014)

Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment Wins Two Coveted 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2014) – The judges of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment by Nadine Block, won second place in categories of History-Non-Fiction and Family Matters. The book is available at


Nadine Purple Dragonfly
Nadine A. Block, author of
Breaking the Paddle: Ending School
Corporal Punishment