Saturday, December 13, 2014

For Kamryn

 Photo:  Grammy

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On Writing

Tennessee Williams

I asked Tennessee for advice on writing. He said keep everything very simple and straightforward; be honest to yourself. Although he didn't speak very much, Tennessee noticed everything and felt everything. I think that's what I learned from him: how to be an observer.

~ Michael Garady ~

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Shoot them now, while they're happy.

If you have any young friends
who aspire to become writers,
the second greatest favor you can do
them is to present them with copies
of The Elements of Style.
  The first greatest, of course,
 is to shoot them now,
while they’re happy. 
~ Dorothy Parker ~

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Paducah In The Fall

(Photo:  Paducah Life Magazine)

Reprinted from LA Times Travel:

Paducah, Kentucky: About 175 miles southeast of St. Louis is the enclave of Paducah, founded in 1827 by William Clark (of Lewis and Clark). Paducah's proximity to the Ohio and Tennessee rivers makes it an ideal place for leaf peeping. The best drives in this area are along U.S. 60/62 which leads directly out of town, then intersects with U.S. 68. A country road of rising and falling farmlands punctuated by forest leads to the Land Between the Lakes, a national recreation area. Another gorgeous drive, the 43-mile Woodlands Trace Scenic Byway, is a ridge of land between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The surrounding forest provides 3,000-plus miles of leaf-filled hiking.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy Birthday, Kentucky!

Kentucky turns 222 years old tomorrow.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Book

A book must be an ax for the frozen sea inside us.
~ Frank Kafka ~

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Kamryn modeling her Mini Mouse outfit.

Friday, February 7, 2014

On Writing

Don't write what you know;
write what you don't know about what you know.
~ Grace Paley ~

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Last Game

I spent a great deal of time with my maternal grandparents as I was growing up.  And since my great-grandfather lived with them for several years before his death, I spent a lot of time with him as well.

This picture of Libertus B. Elsey was probably taken around 1936 or 1937.  He was a very intelligent man and knew a lot about a lot of things, but he could be snobbish and a little crochety at times.

I wrote a short story based on the waning days of Paw Paw Elsey's life.  Some of the story is true, but most is speculative, so it is a work of fiction.                 

"The Last Game" is in the current issue of The Tower Journal.  This link will take you to the index.  Under fiction, scroll down and click on my name.           

Monday, January 13, 2014

Paducah: One of America's Best Main Streets

Main Street, Paducah, Kentucky
Located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers, Paducah offers a rich history and a variety of cultural attractions. The town’s LowerTown Arts District is home to a number of eclectic antique shops and galleries, while the historic downtown area features specialty markets, restaurants, and museums. Browse Paducah artifacts at the William Clark Market House Museum, or stop by Stornoway House Gallery for an up-close look at local art. Movie lovers will enjoy Maiden Alley Cinema, the town’s fine film venue.  
Emily Wasserman, The Huffington Post

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Seeing the Klu Klux Klan

In my spare time I've been working on a series of short stories about my husband's life.  
Bill grew up in a small town near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and some of the things he experienced are very disturbing.  Like seeing the Klu Klux Klan.  In action.    
"The Law in Alabama" is in the current issue of BellaOnline Literary Review.  You can find it here.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year, Dear Friends!

Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny—he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work to be completed.  You are not here accidentally—you are here meaningfully.  There is a purpose behind you.  The whole intends to do something through you.
 ~ Osho ~
All words and pictures © 2008 Brenda G. Wooley