Tag Archives: Family

Birthday Observations Early in the Morning…

My birthday’s today. It’s 2:48am and I’ve got life lessons to share. Taking into account my insomnia, please permit me to convey what I’ve acquired over the past 44 years. I hope the following words benefit my readers, from Russia … Continue reading

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The Martyrs’ Potluck

What did martyrs eat? What were their favorite meals? Their favorite beverages to accompany dinner? Understandably, people ponder the accomplishments, the historical significance, and the cultural impact of martyrs through time. However, it’s rare that folks consider what they enjoyed … Continue reading

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Christmas Tales 2014

Christmas, Blood, and Lincoln Lincoln had blood across his head during Christmas Eve. Not fresh blood, but the oxidized variety, engrained in the cloth of the five dollar bill I noticed in my wallet earlier that day. I poured a … Continue reading

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Interview with Folklorist Betty J. Belanus, Curator and Education Specialist with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Folklore is a significant component of my draft novel. I’ve read folktales and regional histories, old customs and traditions for several years, well before I wrote a single sentence of this effort. I’ve also made a habit of attending cultural … Continue reading

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Moonshine: A Layperson’s Review – Midnight Moon (Grandma Edition)!

It’s been a few months since my last moonshine review, so I wanted to pick a brand that tantalized my taste buds, while inspiring a sensible commentary. Most of my choices are triggered either by nostalgia or a bizarre fascination … Continue reading

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Old-Time Folk Music: Dom Flemons, American Songster and Co-Founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops

  To gain a better understanding of old-time folk music, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dom Flemons, the “American Songster” and one of the founding members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an old-time string band from Durham, North … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day Feast for Good Luck!

  I had the great fortune today to partake in a New Years Day Hoppin’ John supper with my friends Lida and Ruth (sisters), and Lida’s husband, Scott.  This was probably my third or fourth time joining them in this … Continue reading

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