The Porch

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

Instruments of Murder: A retired detective fears a sensational headline reveals a sinister secret!

Feral Friday: playing possum…

Found a smattering of scattered bones in the woods recently and knew they belonged to a ‘possum I’d seen a few months ago, slowly decomposing on the trail. Most of the ‘possum was there in March, and I wondered about it: had it died on the trail? Was it roadkill being carried home for supper by…

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!

Summer Business

A teen learns a horrifying secret when she trespasses in the local lighthouse during her family’s annual beach vacation.