Tag Archives: tobacco

Labor Day: Celebration of Working People

As flags go up around the town where I’m living in 2018 in Georgia, I can’t help but reflect on the people who raised me and the work ethic they exhibited. Labor Day is a good excuse to celebrate them. … Continue reading

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A Sojourn Among Pine Trees: My Time at Duke

Nine generations of the family lived in the lap of mountains.  Like doting grandparents they watched over us, protected us from whatever was beyond and taught us lessons in silence. The sounds of our stories and songs echoed from the … Continue reading

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Recycling, . . . Sort of

On the farm, we try to take care with things and use them as long as we can, since cash isn’t growing on trees.  At least not on our farm.  So we do things with the things we have so … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Herbs

“And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it … 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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My Father Worked at Sears

After the Kingsport Press strike of 1963, several of the men of my family were displaced and had to find work elsewhere.  My uncle Wes went to New Jersey to work in a factory there.  My grandfather took on small … Continue reading

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