Tag: Appalachia

  • Put out the Welcome Quilt

    Put out the Welcome Quilt

    As federal employees prepared to conduct raids upon immigrant families nationwide, I made a trip out to Sisters, Oregon for the annual Sisters Quilt Show. When I wrote the Appalachian novels set during the time of World War II - Mother of Rain, Burdy, &[..]
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  • Salvage Work

    Salvage Work

      Our daughter is getting married next week. She is the last of the three girls to marry. I was 21 when I married. I didn't have a clue about what I was getting myself into. Thankfully, God was watching out for me in ways[..]
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  • Murder & the DNA Dilemma

    Murder & the DNA Dilemma

    [caption id="attachment_4329" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Dahlia, Cutting garden[/caption] In 2012, Amyjane Brandhagen was found murdered in an Oregon motel room. She had been brutally stabbed to death. Amyjane was no stranger to our family. We had attended church with her family, had participated in Bible Studies[..]
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  • When You Are Not a Famous Author

    When You Are Not a Famous Author

    I was in Seattle this weekend. Sunny Seattle. There wasn't one speck of snow on the ground. Flowers were blooming. It was blissful. Only I wasn't really in Seattle. I was in a suburb of Seattle. Once you get past Olympia, it is all Microsoft[..]
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  • Lord God, Have Mercy.

    Lord God, Have Mercy.

      It had been a difficult week. Not a week from hell, but hard enough. First came the call from someone house sitting in a panic because the washing machine was flooding the upstairs. "Uh, I'm like 3,000 miles away. Call somebody local," I wisely[..]
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  • About Hillbilly Elegy & Those Who Champion Us

    About Hillbilly Elegy & Those Who Champion Us

      [caption id="attachment_2870" align="aligncenter" width="919"] Photo by Sue Counts[/caption] I've been reading the book that everyone was talking about six months ago - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. It has been touted as an insightful book about Appalachia and more specifically about the people who voted Donald[..]
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  • I AM NOT BLESSED

    I AM NOT BLESSED

    It's the time now when I have finished one book and about to get started on another. It's time for resetting. A time where I prepare for book tour. This last book in the Appalachian series will include a talk/presentation for ancestry buffs, so I'm[..]
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  • Witnessing the Sacred

    Witnessing the Sacred

          There is this place in Oregon, along the Columbia River Gorge, where a person can walk behind the waterfall. Horsetail Falls is one of the most scenic of Oregon's waterfalls. Not nearly as popular as the grandiose Multnomah Falls, it offers an[..]
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  • If you’re a Nashville fan

    If you’re a Nashville fan

    From 2004-2013, I worked on my first novel, Mother of Rain (Mercer University Press). It was hard work. I was trying to tackle a lot of things all at once. Put aside the fact that I had never really written fiction. I'd been a journalist. An opinion[..]
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