Sunday, June 30, 2013

An Honest Book

I've received great news.  Shapato Publishing has accepted my story, An Honest Book, for inclusion in their upcoming 2013 anthology, the sixth in a series of true stories about growing up on farms or in small towns in the Midwest. 

The book, Needle in a Haystack, will be available on Amazon in October.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart
 do not know how to laugh, either.
  ~ Golda Meir ~

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Sacrifices He Made

Tommy J. Wilson
My father never much liked having his picture taken.  I finally found this one Gina took in 1988.  He was down in the Mississippi River Bottoms where he farmed, like generations of Wilsons before him.  He loved working the land.  But as the family grew, he took a job in Paducah to make ends meet. 
I miss you, Daddy.  Words cannot express how much I appreciate the sacrifices you made for us.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Southerners' Memories: A Time Machine

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They say we Southerners live in the past. That, they say, is our problem; the past is dead, Faulkner or no Faulkner.
I guess I could try to explain, to tell them that for us memory is not an inventory, not a catalog of events, but a time machine. It lifts us off the dull treadmill of grown-up responsibilities to a time of adventure and wonder. The past is not dead, and so the dead are never really gone. We resurrect them, daily, for one more story, one more buck dance or ball game, or one more cast into the cool water.
  Southern Living Magazine
All words and pictures © 2008 Brenda G. Wooley