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Ben – A novel

This was sent to me by email shortly after my father died. I’ve told the author I wouldn’t reveal his real name. But we share the same parents. It may help to know that Dad went into the hospital and didn’t die when “they” thought he would. He fought through […]

About these stories

In 2014, I created a blog to gather my Dad’s stories before his memory (and he) faded. This is what I wrote about the stories then. My project was a success, because Daddy and Mama got see the stories online (and printed) before they died in 2016 and 2017. As […]

The Trestle

They walked down the tracks, heading over to the trestle to walk across  – the view down from the trestle was spectacular, and the thrill of being out there, suspended in space was indescribable.  Pop (my grandfather) had worked on a crew that built trestles and Uncle Boykin worked for […]

Not a Raccoon Hunt

The stories that Daddy told are many, but this one my mama used to tell about Daddy – he’s not very proud of this one adventure I think. The men went out coon hunting one night. Their wives were at Grandma’s house keeping each other company, working jigsaw puzzles or […]

Burning Down the House

Jewel purely hated south Georgia.  They moved there for Hood’s new job with AB&A Railroad. Her infant daughter Mary Belle (Sister Baby) had died two years earlier, and Jewel was pregnant again when they got to Fitzgerald. But after a while in that hot, dusty and brown flat land, Jewel wanted […]

Sister Baby

Sister baby got sick and died that year.  She was the sweetest thing, born after Buddy but before me.  She died a couple of years before I was born, but I know what I’ve been told…. She must have been 3 years old when she got the dysentery.  Us boys […]

Fishing Without a Pole

Fishing with Devil’s shoestring is a trick I never heard about until recently.  In south Georgia, there is a plant – a weed called the Devil’s shoestring.  Apparently young boys knew that the easiest way to catch fish is to take devil’s shoestring and smash it up with a rock, […]