Tag Archives: Scott County

“The Storms are on the Ocean” as a Metaphor for Homesickness

The iconic Carter Family of Country Music origins (A. P., Sarah, and “Mother” Maybelle) were known for their classic songs. “The Storms are on the Ocean” is one of them. I have been dabbling in autoharp playing for a while … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Stabbed Her Brother and Packed It Off On Her Husband

Papaw Scott tried to warn me. He said, “if you keep poking around up the family tree, you might find something you don’t want to know.” Which, can I be honest? It just made me poke around all the more. … Continue reading

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When Frost Falls on the Kudzu

It’s difficult to guard the landscape of our hearts from the invasive vines of time. Continue reading

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“Benge! What Are You Doing?”

The Commonwealth of Virginia has almost completely excised all references to the murderous actions of early bands of Indian tribes against settlers (who were probably breaking treaties to settle in what was thought to be Indian lands or hunting grounds). … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? Communities and the People Who Have Passed This Way, Part One

What folks will call these places in coming years and centuries, we know not. But one thing is certain, the naming of a place gives it identity and reminds us that others have been here before us. Continue reading

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When Full Service No Longer Referred to the Gas Station

I went off with my grandfather to the stock yard one Saturday and when we came back we noticed they had placed a trailer in the middle of the new lot, thrown some gravel in front of it and put up one of those little rented lit signs with movable letters. Welcome the “Magic Fingers Massage Parlor.” Continue reading

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Faces From the Past: Part One

I recently came across a box of pictures I’ve been looking for over the past ten years.  We’ve moved three times in that period of time and I happened to look in a box at the top of the closet, … Continue reading

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