Nevin’s Gift

“Nevin’s Gift” was published in Appalachian Heritage in August 1997. When I wrote it, I was thinking of the story of my grandfather’s parents–my grandfather told us how his father left the mountains of eastern Tennessee to travel over to Hot Springs, telling his family he was going to find ‘the prettiest girl there’ and marry her. This isn’t their story, exactly, but it has elements of the time and place…enjoy!


Simon, Garfunkel, and Sophomores…

One of my nephews just started his sophomore year of high school today, which got me thinking about MY first day as a sophomore in high school… The year was 1983. My oldest sister’s boyfriend had gotten tickets to a Simon & Garfunkel reunion concert in Atlanta the day before school started and off we […]