A Book Review – “Victuals”

Hey, all. I recently started doing something I’ve not done in a while – reviewing books. I won’t be doing a ton of reviews, but every now and then. And this one, Victuals, is an awesome book I hope you’ll give a chance. Let me know what you...

What Would Owen Do?

I am sitting in the genealogy room at the Perry County Public Library in Hazard, Kentucky, and all I can think about is how if Owen Campbell were a real person, he might be sitting here, too. Owen, the hero in “Firefly Hollow,” is a shapeshifter. That’s almost...

The Old Quilt

There’s just something about a quilt. Not the cheap kind you buy that comes from other countries, sewn in a factory. The kind someone makes by hand. Low-loft cotton batting, soft and faded fabric. That kind. The old kind. I am fortunate to own several such quilts....

Muddying the Waters

Growing up, one of my favorite stories was one my aunts would tell me about how my mother had a dream about a dress. Apparently, my mother had gone to sleep one night and dreamed that she’d gone into work, where one of her co-workers was wearing a new dress. It was a...

Fall in Eastern Kentucky

Fall in Eastern Kentucky means four things to me–festivals, family reunions, nature’s blazing display of color, and soup. When I was growing up, late August and the month of September meant festival season. Every county had its own festival. For us in Perry...