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Christmas with Boiled Custard: I’ll Have Mine with Calf Slobbers!

One of the ancient Christmas traditions in our family, living near the south bank of the North Fork of the Holston River, in Scott County, Virginia, was to gather in at the old family homeplace.  Granddaddy Ketron was still living … Continue reading

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Birds, Feathers, and Flocking Together

One of the more curious Appalachian traditions I’ve heard has to do with the meaning of things that happen occasionally.  Things like the fogs in August (which is not just Appalachian), that tradition purportedly tells you how many snows you’re … Continue reading

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Are You Cereus?

Mammaw Smith loved her flowering plants.  She had them placed in the bay window of the living room of the house her grandfather had built in 1893.  In one part of the window she had placed a table filled with … Continue reading

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Grading Tobacco

One day in the fall each year, Pappaw would get up early and head to the barn to check and see if the tobacco was “in case.”  Being “in case” meant it was damp enough to work, not crumbly, and … Continue reading

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Be Still, and Know . . .

Take time to be holy,The world rushes on; Much time spend in secret With Jesus alone; William Dunn Longstreet penned these words in the latter half of the 19th century. The phrase “the world rushes on” has become timeless, and, … Continue reading

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