Twice a week, EVERY week, our Flaggers gather to forward the colors, and educate museum visitors, residents, and tourists about the honor of our Confederate ancestors and the flags they fought and died under
Late last summer, Caden Murphy, grandson of Betty Medlock, decided he wanted to try his hand at drag racing. Caden is nine years old. His Father, David Murphy, had several years experience in the sport, and his son developed a similar interest. So the family, along with family friend, Clayton Hill, got together and purchased a used Junior Dragster in central Arkansas, then hauled it home to Jonesboro as a surprise for the boy. Needless to say, Caden's interest in junior drag racing "notched up" several clicks. He immediately wanted to start learning about the car and, naturally, to drive it. The family took him to a local track where there is a special place for beginners. He started out slowly, but with helpful instructions from his Dad, progressed quickly.
One of Caden's responsibilities was to name his racing
Tommie Lyn weaves a beautiful tale of the "loves and struggles" of a Scottish man and his development into a Southern man. Her novel is loaded with Southern terms which I heard as a boy when visiting my kin in upstate South Carolina. "Hello, the house!" was the customary greeting by the Scots when approaching someone's
“Paper Woman” by Suzanne Adair
A Riveting Historical Read
While searching for a new Southern historical novel to enjoy, I was shocked to encounter a book set in Georgia during the American Revolution.Given that Georgia is one of our nation’s thirteen original colonies, it should come as no surprise that there are fine Southern authors willing to
One of the greatest movies ever made about the era of Lincoln's War. Betcha never even heard of it. It's about ordinary people in the Cumberland Gap area of Kentucky and the horror they experienced because of this unnecessary war. Not just from the Union soldiers, but from their neighbors as well. It's a great history lesson. Inexpensive copies are available on Amazon.
Given all the negative reporting about Appalachia’s problems and the subsequent “brain drain,” it may seem surprising that there are young people who are
This book is amazing -- the story of a Scottish man, a Highlander from the 1700s, written by an American woman of the 20th century who nevertheless captures the era, the culture, the events with amazing accuracy and clarity.
Don't look here for the romance-novel version of the Highland hero, the laird of the castle, the knight in shining armour. Ailean MacLachlainn is from a family of poor crofters -- what we might call tenant farmers or sharecroppers today. Highlander life is hard, sometimes wretched, and though Ailean's early life holds some promise, he will see everything he loves turn to ashes while he is still a young man.
Yet he manages to carry on through losses that would break a lesser man. Lyn's creation of her protagonist is the embodiment of the novel's dedication, "...to our Scottish ancestors, who suffered so much, yet endured it all without complaint and without succumbing to self-pity."
Written with the smooth, solid prose so lacking in much of today's popular fiction, HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN is a winner. I highly recommend it.
ARE YOUR BOOKS PRICED TOO HIGH? It's one of the first items I look at when deciding on purchasing a new book or not. I think that most Southern writers fall into this trap by trying to emulate the successful authors of today. But, it doesn't work out well for us in my opinion.
I list my books at the lowest price which AMAZON will accept and maybe go a few pennies above. For Kindle books I list them at $0.99 or $1.99, never higher. This is because I'm trying to reach the very large portion of the Southern populace which probably doesn't want to spend a lot of money for a book. But, most won't mind spending a couple of dollars on a paperback book, or $0.99 for an Ebook.
Connie Chastain has some Ebooks for $2.99.
I just finished reading WHY LINCOLN CHOSE WAR and felt moved to post my thoughts. I have read dozens of books on Lincoln, and even more on the War between the Federal Government and the Confederate States. This book is well worth the time and money spent for someone who seeks to learn more about Lincoln the man, and his decisions that led this country from Republic to Empire. I frequently speak on this topic and love using another of Spencer's works, SLAVERY AND LINCOLN'S WAR as a quick reference guide. This book will be another.
Spencer’s timeline which leads to the showdown at Fort Sumter and Fort Pickens is extremely enlightening for those not familiar with it. It clearly lays out the evidence that Lincoln pushed hard for anything that would give him a pretext for invasion and war.
The book also discusses some of Lincoln's dictatorial actions in consolidating power in the Union,