Tag: Appalachia

  • Writing Memoir with Author Ann Hite

    Writing Memoir with Author Ann Hite

    Editor's Note: I first met author Ann Hite through her book Ghost on Black Mountain. It was one of the best ghost story novels I had read in decades. Ann and I share a love of Appalachia and the stories that come out of the mountains.[..]
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  • About that Coal Miners Myth

    About that Coal Miners Myth

    What You are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte is the book I have been telling everyone that they should read. It's short and well-written. It will make you rethink and think again about the role of media in political campaigns. I have taken[..]
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  • In Search of Ghosts

    In Search of Ghosts

      I went in search of a ghost story. A story as familiar to me as that of Esther or Ruth; stories which have been repeated to me since before I knew how to read myself. I can't remember the first time I heard the[..]
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  • Butts to the Wind

    Butts to the Wind

    Like much of the nation, I have been following the hurricane news. My daughter was in Wilmington, , NC, on Monday and Tuesday so I followed it in part to keep her informed. As one of her friends remarked to me, "Not exactly the time[..]
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  • Giving Rapists Permission

    Giving Rapists Permission

    I have kin who were raped. Each of them only spoke to me about it once. When they told their stories, they lowered their voices and spoke as if they were afraid to wake the dead, although the man who reportedly raped them was very[..]
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  • 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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