Get Lucky

Planning starts in November. While others are procuring turkey, pumpkin, minces, sweet potatoes and French’s Crispy Fried Onions, I am in the frozen food aisle picking out frozen peas. Typically I go with black eyed peas, but this year, on the recommendation of a friend from Alabama, I went with purple hull peas. Supposedly the … Continue reading Get Lucky


I have roamed the woods of Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky since I was a child. My parents taught me how to spot the signs of former home sites that have been overtaken by the woods and to watch for uncovered cisterns and wells. I feel a strong connection to the land. It feels like … Continue reading Home


“The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”  Julie Cameron Recently a podcast I was listening to reminded me of Praying Mantises and Stick Bugs. I saw them often when I was a child running feral in the woods of Kentucky, but realized I had not seen … Continue reading Delight

Book Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Giver of Stars

Until recently I had never heard of the Pack Horse Library, a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), that used women to be book mobiles on horse/mule-back in the Appalachian region of Kentucky from 1935 to 1943.  The timing of the library wait list gave me the audio versions of The Book Woman of … Continue reading Book Review: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Giver of Stars