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WE have to do better.

I don’t remember growing up in a household that said or did prejudiced things, not by my parents or any relatives. I recall mom telling me once that when they were trying to get the loan for our house, that they were told if… Continue Reading “WE have to do better.”

Coffee Moonshine brownies

Brownies have been a favorite treat in our house. My mother-in-law gave me her recipe for that she had been baking for more than 50 years. It is simple and good. But, when challenged to up my brownie game, I took that simple recipe… Continue Reading “Coffee Moonshine brownies”

Giving back

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you hopefully have noticed that I try to support my community when I can. My parents raised me and my brothers that way. Dad was a volunteer fireman for more than 50 years. Mom was in… Continue Reading “Giving back”

Take Me Home

I read an article this past week that made me a little homesick. But I was homesick for my roots and not where I grew up. It was an article about some women in Buckhannon, WV. My great grandparents had a house there, which… Continue Reading “Take Me Home”

Stinking’ to high heaven

It’s really warmed up the last few days around East Tennessee, where I live today. We went up to mom & dad’s this morning and found mom in the garage splitting kindling. When I refer to mom & dad in the present day, it’s… Continue Reading “Stinking’ to high heaven”

The Tale of a Singer and the pincushion

It’s funny, all the names people come up with for their grandmothers. We called each of ours “grandmaw”, but when we spoke of them we added their last name. It was like they played on grandparent sporting leagues or something. Sometimes we would call… Continue Reading “The Tale of a Singer and the pincushion”

A hot toddy and a few bucks in my pocket

There were many opportunities to make a little money. I had a bike for transportation and I could ride for miles. I don’t know if my parents knew it or not, but I would make it as far as the truck stop, where I… Continue Reading “A hot toddy and a few bucks in my pocket”

Moms a cussin’, and it’s the camel’s fault

It would have been this weekend 40 years ago, and for many years before and many years after, that mom would have gotten out her Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. She would turn to tab number 8 for cookies and page 149.… Continue Reading “Moms a cussin’, and it’s the camel’s fault”

A Tale of All Hallows Eve

Tonight we had about 18 Trick-or-Treaters. It was a nice evening, so I am not sure why we didn’t have more. We’ve had as many as 75 in past years. When my brothers and I were young, we never had trick-or-treaters to our house.… Continue Reading “A Tale of All Hallows Eve”

And a tall glass of cold milk

I mentioned last time our neighbor, Anne, who came over to sit with mom a couple of evenings a week. Mostly they just drank coffee and smoked cigarettes while they talked about work and other neighbors. They would say the same things over and… Continue Reading “And a tall glass of cold milk”

The Appalachian Tale

Memories, recipes, and Tales of an Appalachian Boy.