A story poem that explores the relationship between the elixir of life…and what you’re willing to pay for it.
Time brings changes to all lives, but when your roots run deep, you can never really lose the people and places you’ve loved…
Instruments of Murder: A retired detective fears a sensational headline reveals a sinister secret!
“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!
A teen learns a horrifying secret when she trespasses in the local lighthouse during her family’s annual beach vacation.