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    Come Meet My Folks, Won’t You?

    It all started when I got sick and ended up in bed for a few days. To pass the time, I grabbed a wild image that had long been bouncing around in my head—an image of a young Daniel Boone helping a winged fairy combat a deadly wampus cat. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    The Front Row People

    The Hunter family reunion. It has been a strong, clannish Scots-Irish tradition since long before I was born. They took place long before a family photo at these occasions also became a tradition. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    The Marvin Chronicles

    Best-selling Virginia author Sharyn McCrumb, known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, adopted neighborhood raccoons as a ‘stress reliever’ during Covid isolation. She’s fed some over the years, but recently began setting out larger meals. Read more

    Aug 1, 2021

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    A Compass and A Map

    I have lived most of my years in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, but I’m a North Carolina girl at heart. Born in the town of Williamston, those early years were lived among my mama’s hard-working people. Read more

    Oct 1, 2021

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    ‘Mysteries Are Everywhere’

    An Eastern North Carolina girl, 13-year-old Lucy Brown has kind and loving parents, hovers on the verge of womanhood, collects what her brother calls “ten-dollar words,” and is an ardent fan of the Nancy Drew mysteries. Read more

    Oct 1, 2021

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    Lucy: Closure

    I stand in the growing dusk looking for the privy. I see it off to the side near a lean-to shed. A girl about my age waits at the door, and I walk over. “Evening,” I say and nod in respect, and she nods back, then faces the wooden door. Read more

    Oct 1, 2021

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    Rescued From Oblivion

    Gold abounds in Dahlonega, Georgia. From the 1828 gold strike, the first major gold strike in America, to the present day, gold is still shining. Read more

    Oct 1, 2021

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