Monthly Archives: July 2011

Emergency Dessert: Mother’s One Egg Cake

I don’t remember exactly when this photo of my parents was taken, sitting in the swing in the front yard of our house on the farm.  Daddy always wore khaki work clothes to his job at Fort Campbell and also to … Continue reading

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A Trip to Guatemala

I actually took this photo, and I’m not a great photographer.  But that is how beautiful Lake Atitlan is.  In 1993 I was working for Western Union’s international division, and I made a trip to Guatemala to visit our agents … Continue reading

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Almost Perfect Fried Chicken

This recipe comes from my mother’s Sunday School class cookbook, produced about 25 years ago.  It used to make absolutely foolproof, perfect fried chicken.  However, times have changed–and the timing of this recipe needs to change unless you are using … Continue reading

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How Latin Saved My Life

People sometimes wonder why I was a Latin major in high school and college.  I know it seems a bit wacky, in that I didn’t go to graduate school to become a classics professor, and I didn’t become a Latin … Continue reading

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Fish Recipe: It’s Not All Southern-Fried

The fish dinners I grew up with were all fried, sometimes deep-fried filets of bass and sunfish (yum!) and sometimes pan-fried, cornmeal-crusted chunks of catfish, both caught in the Cumberland River by an uncle or a cousin.  Mother always had to … Continue reading

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Why I Like Cats

I grew up with pets, mostly dogs but a few cats.  However, none of my animals were allowed to stay in the house, except for brief periods when it was snowing or during a thunderstorm if the dog was frightened.  … Continue reading

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The Bowers Girls

All children have a fantasy that they don’t belong to their family of birth.  I actually was a Cherokee princess, kidnapped from my tribe, or sometimes the sad orphan of a rich, privileged family that was tragically wiped out by war or … Continue reading

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