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October 3, 2014 - My Dear Georgia

I’ve waited several days to write this post. Partly because I wanted to give time for the immediate family to be notified, and partly because I needed some time myself to put my thoughts together. Not that I can ever put my thoughts together properly in this case. The obituary, written by my cousin, Mark...
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July 28, 2014 - An Army Graduation

One 2500-mile round trip later….. I’m back! Let me just state the obvious. IT IS HOT IN OKLAHOMA. Fort Sill is a huge, sprawling, and not very attractive base, but we were thrilled to see it, as if we had arrived at the Magic Kingdom. Weston was there! Army graduations are different from Navy graduations....
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May 28, 2014 - Grown Up Girl

This past Friday was Morgan’s high school graduation. The perp walk: There were the usual little speeches. For some reason, we don’t get those celebrity graduation speakers here. (Hmmph!) The class president started with, “First let me take a selfie.” And he did. I’ve spent a lot of time in this stadium, mostly at football...
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May 5, 2014 - My Daddy

Ross W. Dye was born on January 9, 1925 in a little house on a hill across the river and about a quarter mile up the road from Stringtown Rising Farm. My dad spoke of his childhood in Stringtown this way: “The wood were full of squirrels, the fields were well supplied with rabbits, the...
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October 22, 2013 - Real Life Characters

A few days ago, I posted a picture of Debbie, who is in my book, holding a copy of my book. I decided to post a few more photos of people from the book, for those of you who have already read the book–and those of you who haven’t yet–to put faces to names. Here...
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June 21, 2013 - Love Birds of CITR

BP and the bull at Skip’s farm. (See here.) Glory Bee and the Mister. (Slightly less risque.) Coco and Rat Dog. (See here.) Clover and Admiral. (See here.) Clover and Eclipse. (More suitable choice…. See here.) Jack and Poky! (See here.) Kitten and Little. See here. The Crooked Little Hen cleaning her hurt rooster. (See...
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May 31, 2013 - Just One More

These photos were taken of Morgan coming up on her 13th birthday. (Don’t you love how in one of them she is milking a goat?!) Today is the last day of school here, her last day of 11th grade. She’s 17 1/2 (that 1/2 is important!) and has just one more first day of school...
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June 11, 2012 - People Are Funny

funny adj 1. affording light mirth and laughter; amusing; seeking or intended to amuse; facetious 2. differing from the ordinary in a suspicious, perplexing, quaint, or eccentric way; peculiar Courtesy musings from my watering can. I had several different experiences with people over the past few days, and I’ll let you draw your own conclusions...
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May 7, 2012 - All the Pretty People

Despite her poor, deprived underclassman status, Morgan manages to finagle her way into the prom every year. She knows how to network….with seniors who don’t have dates. Showing off her new-to-her $5 dress just before her friend-senior picked her up: And Morgan arriving at the prom. (Carrying an overnight bag because she was spending the...
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October 10, 2011 - Navy Nuclear Power School Graduation

My sailor. I’m so proud of him. Power school graduates in formation before the ceremony. The base at the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, South Carolina is very modern, with many new buildings. The nuclear power training program only moved to South Carolina in the past ten years or so. Ross attended six months...
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August 20, 2011 - Trip to Morgantown

I came, I saw, I found my way back to the interstate. Which was a small miracle, let me tell you. An amazingly, briefly empty-street shot up at Arnold Hall, taken in the morning before the main rush. Morgantown is located in the tippy-top north of West Virginia, near the Pennsylvania border. Nestled in the...
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June 5, 2011 - The Graduate

For the first time in a long time (since this new county high school opened, 13 years ago), there was a nice enough day for graduation to be held outside, in the football stadium. There was a crowd. Weston, on the left in this photo, doing the perp walk. He was wearing his honors sash...
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May 16, 2011 - Prom!

Another year, another prom! This year, it was Weston and Morgan both. Morgan, a 9th grader, is too young to go to prom, but social butterfly that she is, she finagled her way into being the just-a-friend date of a senior who didn’t have a date. Morgan is one of those people who is going...
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November 8, 2010 - The End of an Era

My favorite football player. Number 57. I love him. As I near the end of my five year up-close and personal love-hate relationship with football, I feel sentimental. And relieved. Football is nearly a year-round sport, as they start after-school weight-lifting practice in January, a mere month after the playoff season ends in early December,...
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October 11, 2010 - A Child in Stringtown

The Pocatalico River at Stringtown. In my latest Charleston Daily Mail column, I write about our visitors who came the day I posted about The Strange Case of the Box Mix. The visitors that day were the two daughters of my Great-Aunt Oshial (who was the sister of my Great-Aunt Ruby–of the slanted little house...
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August 14, 2010 - Navy Boot Camp Graduation

Those glasses will never see the light of day again. If you ever have the chance to see a Navy boot camp graduation, go. The Navy knows how to put on a beautiful show. It was awe-inspiring from start to finish. The photos don’t really need much if any commentary. The speaker was Assistant Secretary...
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August 10, 2010 - A Blue Candle

The lighting of a blue candle is a tradition with several different stories. The candle is lit for sailors separated from their families during the holidays, for sailors in danger far away, or to light a sailor’s way home. It’s also popularly used as a way to mark the time recruits complete the most arduous...
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July 28, 2010 - Thelma

I sent this photograph in one of my letters to Ross this past weekend. I thought he would get a kick out of it. That is me, age 17, with Ross’s dad at his Navy boot camp graduation. There are so many things wrong with that picture, I don’t know where to start, but I...
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July 22, 2010 - Letters from Boot Camp

I didn’t expect to get much in the way of letters from Ross. He wasn’t a letter writer before he went to boot camp. In fact, I’ve never gotten a letter from Ross in my life. Even when he was in Texas for the last six months before he came back here to get ready...
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July 17, 2010 - A Good Mother

Earlier this week, my mother, who was 81, passed away unexpectedly in Texas. I’m in Texas now. I had some posts stacked up, so I ran them because I wasn’t ready to talk about what had happened yet. I had prepared some posts ahead to give myself time to work on another project. Funny how...
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June 28, 2010 - How to Get a Letter from Boot Camp

Ross arrived at Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois on June 17th. He was there by around 10:30 pm. I know that because he used his one phone call to call his girlfriend and she told me. I write him a letter about every other day. I’m afraid if I write him every day,...
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June 2, 2010 - Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Yesterday morning, 17-year-old Weston and I returned to the DMV with high hopes and some trepidation. He’s a year past his sixteenth birthday without a license because he didn’t want to learn to drive last year. He actually failed the driving portion of his driver’s ed class. He was scared to drive. While a little...
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May 25, 2010 - How to Have a Simple Wedding

This weekend, I attended a delightfully simple wedding. It took place in a backyard in a small town. There were rented tents and tables. The caterers served barbeque pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs. There were no fancy invitations, just phone calls. The bride spent $19.99 on her dress, and was proud of it, too....
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May 23, 2010 - Cast of Characters

Every once in a while, someone requests that I put up a page listing all the animals, with their names and links to their stories, to help them keep things straight. That’s a big project, so I decided to break it down into “Cast of” posts. Cast of Goats. Cast of Sheep. Cast of Chickens....
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March 6, 2010 - A Girl in Two Shoes

Just so you know…in case you’re fourteen and considering your options…. The worst time to jump off the stairs and break your foot in the country is the winter. Two months of hiking up and down the driveway on snow and ice and mud on crutches is a hard lesson in using all the stairs,...
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January 23, 2010 - Fourteen and Fearless

Someday I hope she looks back on this birthday and remembers…. ….to never jump off the stairs again.

December 29, 2009 - Listen to a Mountain Dulcimer

When I posted that one of our Thanksgiving guests brought a traditional Appalachian mountain dulcimer and played it for us, several people asked if they could hear it. The day after Christmas, we went to a holiday get-together at their house and I talked her into a little impromptu performance for you. The dulcimer player...
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December 24, 2009 - Being My Child

I love to take pictures. I often takes hundreds of pictures a day. Which is why being my child means constantly having your picture taken. I don’t love sports. At all. I love my kids, though, and my kids love sports. I spend a lot of time watching their sports. And being bored. She’s not...
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