Category Archives: Rural Customs

Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award Winning Story: Oakland Mothers, Oakland Wives

Author’s Note: Back in December, I was notified that I won 1st Place in the horror short story category of Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. I was quite pleased by this honor, and consider it just one marker in a … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Amazing Collard Greens Recipe…

I wanted to end the month on a positive note, so I’ll do that by sharing a comfort food recipe that my grandmother and mother prepared around the Thanksgiving holiday: collard greens. This side dish is prepared throughout much of … Continue reading

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A Visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture…

When approaching the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the first thing I notice is its size. “Monolithic” comes to mind. On the National Mall of Washington, D.C., the trapezoidal prism encompasses five-acres. Its scale placed into … Continue reading

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Dutch Stories: The Real-Life Wolf of “Pulp Fiction”

So this is the second part of my recorded tales with my great friend “Dutch.” He, his fiancée “Kate,” and his high school friend “Josie” shared this tale about a friend of theirs, [Named Deleted]. This next story is true. … Continue reading

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Arlington House, the Home of General Robert E. Lee

Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to attend a reception held at Arlington House, in Arlington National Cemetery. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. For those who don’t know, Arlington House was built between 1802 … Continue reading

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Rural Gothic: The Dead Anarchist

In the early 1900s, American industries and homes grew famished for coal, and a feast lay within the rugged depths of Southwestern Virginia. To attain this resource required infrastructure to cut across the Appalachian Mountains, ill-suited for transporting vast quantities … Continue reading

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Moonshine Review: Rock Creek White Whiskey, Prison Hooch, and Barbecue Pork Rinds

Matt and Kame are great friends that I’ve known for several years. Initially, they served in the Peace Corps, with my college buddy Doug, in Madagascar. As a married couple, who genially behave as wonderful buddies to each other, they’ve … Continue reading

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