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A Country Martha Stewart

As you may know by now, I live in the woods with my Black Lab “Doc” Despite being reportedly linked to several celebrities, non-celebrities and at least one doctor and a circus snake charmer, which I suppose was bound to happen being a semi-famous Southern author, the...

Lost in Translation

I don’t mind admitting it Actually it’s something that I brag about quite frequently Not only am “The” resident expert on everything “Southern” but I also can speak and understand every dialect of “Southern speak”. That’s right…. From the Commonwealth of Virginia to...

Dancing with a Star

I overheard several women this morning talking about the cast of some television program called “Dancing with the Stars”, so I politely interrupted and asked them what that program was all about. Good Lord you would have thought I was questioning their citizenship...

Whatever Happened Too…

Maybe I am just confused Maybe I woke up the other morning in an alternative universe But when did it become so damn difficult to buy a vacuum cleaner. Stop laughing, I’m being serious. I understand (believe me) that cellular devices and other such necessary...

Just Don’t….

It’s taken me some time to write this story… Not because it’s emotionally taxing or somehow tugs at my heart strings It’s because I had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire. Now that I have your undivided attention, let me tell you a story. In case you are...

Love Thy Neighbor

There was a time in this country when we could disagree about something without someone having to be “right” and someone having to be “wrong”. We respected each other, even when we disagreed with one another. Now oftentimes disagreements result in shouting, name...

Valentines Day

A dear friend of mine mentioned after purchasing my recent book Sunnyside Up (Thank you very much by the way) that I although I have chapters on “Women”, “Love” and the like I didn’t have any stories about “Valentine’s Day”. This oversight was not intentional I assure...

Dog Man

I received several emails about my last story posted here… Some offered condolences which I greatly appreciated A few called me a crazy old “dog man” While others questioned my love and devotion to an animal I could easily respond to the later questions with… A dog...

My Girl….

Please don’t be misled by the title of this story…. This story has nothing to do with the great Temptations song from 1965 But it does have everything to do with the sweetest woman I’ve ever known. So if you have a minute or two and as the lyrics of the song go, I...

What’s Your Sign?

Do you remember when that question was once popular? I used to tell people my sign was “Exxon” Yeah I still think that’s funny but then again I am easily entertained The title of this story doesn’t have anything to do with the swinging 70’s It has everything to do...

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You may come to the same conclusion another reader came to when I was in the early process of simply sending my stories out to gauge the interest of a potential book. She said, "You have led a charmed life."

My first reaction was, "Are you nuts?" The fact is, although I grew up differently than almost all of you, I haven't had a charmed life, believe me. That sounds like in some way I have been "lucky" that I haven't experienced hardships, pain, or defeat. Nothing could be further from the truth. But I will tell you what is true, I have had a blessed life. Through it all, the Lord has kept me above my trials and tribulations, even when I didn't believe He was there. Through disappointment, death, disease, He was there.