Tapping at My Bedroom Window

Two nights ago I had a special visitor at my bedroom window. I had no idea what the creature was…but he was a cross between a butterfly, a dragonfly, a bird, a moth and a fairy. I watched him noisily flutter and knock against the glass caught between repulsion and wonder. He was huge. He…

….That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of

 Not all of the boys that I knew were my enemies.  In fact I had a whole lot more friends that were boys than friends that were girls. I didn’t like dolls and I didn’t like ribbons and I sure didn’t like to be inside when there was a great big world outside to play in.  Sometimes, if it was a…

The Tattered Blanket

“People talk about wanting others to succeed, or have a  good life…and some folks really are happy to see someone else do well. But then there are  folks who don’t want anybody to be better off than they are… whether it’s about money or happiness or even talent… and I can tell you already, that…

Trespasses, Debts and Mr. Campbell Worth

It wasn’t any wonder that we couldn’t keep a preacher at our church for more than a few years at a time. We had old preachers that nobody else wanted, and young ones that nobody knew if they wanted yet or not. It must have been a frustration to write a sermon each week and try to shepherd a…

Viewing a Teenage Drama

This past weekend I had the honor and privilege to be invited to experience “A Senior Theatre Project” by a family friend who attends the local School of Fine Arts. My immensely talented teenage friend wrote and starred in a two person play that had me gripped and gripping my seat from the first scene.…

The Namesake – Charles’ Story Continued

“But what about Charles?” I was prodding her back on track.   “Oh, yes…now where was I?”   “The wild girl.” I, being a wild girl myself, was very interested in her.   “Yes. Charles did think that Momma had gone a little over board in her enthusiasm for taking in strays when Momma scooted…

Charles’ Story – Jeremiah’s Boys Continued

These boys had no idea that such a life had existed when they had felt padlocked on their father’s horse farm in the Tennessee hills. Harvey became a newspaper correspondent who traveled the world. He was granted exclusive interviews with some of the worlds most powerful politicians, and most popular entertainers and sports figures .His…

Jeremiah’s Boys Part One -an excerpt

Jeremiah might have discovered what love was in his last years, but before he learned the trick, he made life a living hell for Grandma and all of the other members of her childhood family. Granddaddy grew up in a big family like Grandma, but it couldn’t have been a more different experience. Grandma and…

The Rest of “Fancy” – an Excerpt

I don’t know if  “Fancy” didn’t get any direction at home, and I don’t know what kind of a girl she was before she got her reputation, but I can’t understand for the life of me why there wasn’t somebody who felt a sense of responsibility to step in and have a quiet heart-to-heart talk with…

” Fancy” – Part One – an excerpt

Until the day I missed church to rake Granddaddy’s yard, I had gone to church almost every single Sunday my whole life.  There were only a couple of exceptions. A few times the snow was too deep or the weather was too bad, … and a few times I was legitimately too sick to go,…