Tag: Appalachia

  • 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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  • Who My People Are

    Who My People Are

      My people are a superstitious bunch. We don't walk behind rocking chairs. We don't iron on Sundays. Lord, God forgive us quick if we break a mirror. Who can afford seven years of bad luck? My people know that if your nose is itching,[..]
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  • Weatherford Award for Fiction: Mother of Rain

    Weatherford Award for Fiction: Mother of Rain

      In late February, four short weeks ago now, a letter arrived in my inbox. I was on the phone with a big city New York agent working out details for another literary event, for another author, when I clicked open the email from Jason Howard,[..]
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  • Mothers & Mental Illness

    Mothers & Mental Illness

      My childhood girlfriend was institutionalized following the birth of her first-born. Here she was, ten years later, in the third-trimester of her second pregnancy, talking out of her head again. We were having one of our catch-up phone calls. She from her home in[..]
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  • Ode to Piggly Wiggly

    Ode to Piggly Wiggly

    Perhaps you have heard the  news? Piggly Wiggly has been bought out. It's like someone has come in and hacked away part of my childhood. I can't imagine a world in which the Piggly Wigglys of the world disappear. Vestiges of my growed up years markings[..]
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