Facing Our Fears

Rock City brings back happy memories for me. I remember going there with my family when I was a little girl. We never got far from reminders of Rock City when I was a girl. In the Southern vernacular, “there’s no tellin’ how many” Rock City barns we passed when we drove any distance at […]

Go, Tell It on the Mountain

Last Thursday night Ray and I, along with our daughter Bethany and her family, drove to the top of Lookout Mountain to enjoy Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights — we and thousands of other people! Our first stop was Lover’s Leap, decorated for Christmas with this gigantic Star of Bethlehem. From this vantage point, […]

Simple Christmas Pleasures — Wilder-Style and Local-Style

Last Saturday on the Wilder Homestead just outside Malone, New York, Laura and Almanzo Wilder fans gathered inside the Farmer Boy’s home for mulled cider and Christmas cookies. They sang carols and listened to readings of Christmas chapters from Farmer Boy. Admission to the historic home was free. I’d be surprised if there were not at […]

Three Generations of Bridge Builders

In 1886 officials in Bartow County, Georgia, chose Washington W. King and Jonathan H. Burke to construct a covered bridge over Euharlee Creek. Euharlee is pronouned You-Harley. The Cherokee who lived in the area before they were forced west on the Trail of Tears called the creek Eufaula, which means “She laughs as she runs.” […]

Georgia Ladies Who Honor Their Mamas and Grandmamas 2

Welcoming us to the 105th Annual Stilesboro Chrysanthemum Show were the members of the Stilesboro Improvement Club. Each year the ladies raise funds by providing lunch in one of the two Stilesboro Academy classrooms, dubbed the Tea Room for the day. We entered the tea room through this giant door. Ray is almost six feet tall! […]