The education that keeps on giving

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My reading for 2016

In the middle of a fabulous book that has been “in my stack of “Must read.” Essay in a small chapter in the book, Cementville, by Paulette Livers

Pg 102

“So many have come back. The dead, the wounded, the incarcerated. The insane. People remark how the blacks are acting odd—and wonder privately whether the riots in the big cities could possibly spread out here, infecting our peace—because the women too are not the same, their quiet natures flavored now with a rare new anger. Then too there are the strangers streaming into town, trying to take all our jobs at the new paper plant. People are fractious.
A man took a walk on the moon the other day, “a giant leap for mankind,” he called it. But we walk around our town like we don’t know the place, as if body snatchers might have snuck in overnight and replaced all of us with replicas. There are black wreaths on too many doors, broad ribbons of yellow plastic around oaks in almost every yard. Come home, come home, the yellow ones say. Go back, say the black ones, go back to where you came from and send my real baby home to me.

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 350 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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New Southerner Prize Winners read

Bobbi Buchanan at New Southerner announces readings from their literary contest’s Winners, Finalists, and Semifinalists. The celebration will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Print copies of the literary edition will be available following the event, or ordered via

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Missionary Kids know the feeling of being between two worlds.

Check out Mary Popham's book review at Litary Labors today:

Posted by Literary Labors and the Occasional Cheese Dip on Friday, November 13, 2015

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The Cherokee Roundtable, represented at Women Who Write, “Exploring the Writer’s Craft”

Hello Everyone,
Tomorrow I will be representing the Cherokee Roundtable in a panel discussion
with Women Who Write. The conference, “Exploring the Writer’s Craft,” is
packed with interesting people, and the sharing of information on what we love, writing.
I will be one of four on a lunchtime panel focusing on regional resources and
groups for writers, and I will tell all about our fabulous group!
We, in the CRT, have an amazing support system, and provide encouragement to publish. The proof is in the pudding, and focusing only on books produced this summer,
we have:

1. Sue Kelly Ballard, My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone’s Story, Butler Books.

2. Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr., [Reggie] Cosmos: The Stellar Stalker, Williams Printing Company.

3. Jerry Lee Rodgers, play produced in book format, “Mrs. Lincoln and the Enemy.”

4. Sheila Joyce Strunk [Pyle] Sweet Evening Breeze: And Other Kentucky Characters, Communities and Chronicles, MotesBooks.

Congratulations to all who have produced or are in the midst of publishing plays, films, articles, poetry, letters to the editor, and other literary accomplishments. The Cherokee Roundtable is proud to have you as a member. Attached is an updated “History and Rules” of our group which I will be handing out, tomorrow at the event.

Below is a link to Insider Louisville’s article about the Women Who Write
conference with all the details.

Your Events Coordinator,

‘Exploring the Writer’s Craft’

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My review on amazon, amazing book, My Blessed Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone’s Story

This fantastic book is your next Must-read!
For born and bred Kentuckians, and for every transplant that has fallen in love with our state, My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone’s Story is the book to read next. Sue Kelly Ballard transforms the true history of early Kentucky pioneer days into a gripping, touching, and realistic tale. It is not only the story of love that Rebecca has for her trail-blazing, hero husband, Daniel Boone, but also love for their family, including those who become close through sharing hardships and triumphs. With historical accuracy and a lyrical voice, the author depicts the magnetic beauty of the land itself, its high and low mountains, lakes and rivers, game-filled forests. She writes believably of the satisfaction when soul and body face hardship yet summon the strength to persist. Told in the voice of Rebecca, Sue Ballard brings us the unforgettable images of the cabin full of life, the pot cooking on the hearth, the strength of the mother reflected in the dear faces around her. This is an extremely well-written and important book for Kentucky. Submitted by Mary Popham, author of Back Home in Landing Run.

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