Category Archives: appalachia

Above Her Raisin’

This is another piece of flash fiction for The Red Writing Hood. The assignment is to write a piece – 600 word limit – about finding a forgotten item of clothing in the back of a drawer or closet. It looks winsome from the sky. The white board fences hem in fields, which fold and…

Rand Paul Rant

I’ve been stewing over this one since last Tuesday, hoping my need to write it would just pass. I don’t even live in Kentucky anymore. It’s not my issue. I’m expecting plenty of comments saying this is none of my business. I’m an expatriated Kentuckian, living in North Carolina. I’m sure there are those who…

Places, Spaces, and Going Home: An Appalachian Daughter’s Tribute to Home

Family and place. They are interwoven in my soul–two threads braided into a tapestry of setting, and sound, and comfort. I took the boys home to Kentucky week before last for the annual McKenzie family reunion. The McKenzie’s are my maternal grandmother’s people, the family with whom I most identify, both because they were nearest…

A Good Book Is Hard to Find– How I Found and Fell in Love with Clyde Edgerton

During my teenage years in the foothills of Appalachia, I passed most of my days worried my nerdiness would be publicly outed (I did not know it was already out). This particular neurosis came of growing up during the era of the John Hughes movie. I so feared getting stuffed in a locker or not-danced-with…