Monthly Archives: May 2011

More Than Flags and Fireworks

The little town where I live has a Memorial Day parade every year at 9 o’clock in the morning.  When I first moved here, I would roll out of bed, get dressed and walk up the street to watch.  It was a … Continue reading

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Remembering Uncle Floyd

Recently I found this photo of my uncle Floyd, standing in front of his cornfield.  It must be 30 years old, at least.  Uncle Floyd married my mother’s sister Mattie Lou.  This field was beside their house, a dogtrot cabin … Continue reading

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Apocalypse, Not Right Now

When it was 6:01 p.m. EDT I called my sister Glenda to make sure the rapture hadn’t happened.  I figured if any one of my family or friends would be taken, it would be her.  She was still there, and … Continue reading

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Blackberries, Cobbler, and Ticks

The best blackberries are wild ones, picked in the heat of summer from brambles in a fence row or along the side of an old dirt road.  The wild ones just have more flavor than domesticated ones.  That squirt of … Continue reading

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Halcyon Days

Halcyon days are a time of peace and calmness, when the sky is blue, the ocean is calm, and one feels safe and loved.  The expression comes from a story in the Metamorphoses of Ovid, a Greek classic whose theme … Continue reading

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Cowboys in Tuscany

During the summer of 2001, eight of us friends rented a villa outside Panzano, Italy on a working farm.  The owners lived in the other wing of the house and grew grapes and olives.  They also kept a couple of  horses, Oskar … Continue reading

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My Life in TV Shows

My friend Nancy commented that many of my stories almost seem like they are set in an earlier time–kind of long ago and far away.  In many ways she’s right.  My parents grew up during the Great Depression, and their … Continue reading

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