Welcome to my blog. Here are some true tales about growing up Southern, some stories about how everyday things are sometimes more meaningful than they seem, and some musings about stuff connected some way or other to my books.
It Happened Like This & Other Stuff
While I was writing Found in Pieces—my second novel about the 1950s South—no one asked me why I chose a woman newspaper editor as the main character. But if they had, I would have said, [...]
This blog may aggravate some people, though it shouldn’t. In any case, as a long-time professional educator and historian and now an author of novels intended to illuminate the evils of racial discrimination, I would [...]
Actually, there was only one of each. But that was enough to sandwich me between two U.S. Navy petty officers and dangle me in the air over the New Mexico desert during the Nixon administration.
The smallest things can trigger memories, whether they are pleasant or best forgotten. Sometimes the two types crop up together. That was the case a few days before Christmas when I looked out to see [...]
Help me out here. I’m trying to understand. Especially now, during the current uptick in the Covid-19 pandemic and with what is happening with doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel all across our country. But [...]
If you love animals and the special bonds that form between them and humans, or if you simply need a reminder that love and kindness still exist in our topsy-turvy world, you will identify with [...]