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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Several months ago, when I was reviewing the novel, “The Secret History of the Cherokees,” I was reminded of the time I spent teaching Cherokee history.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

When I worked for the Eastern Band of Cherokees as a grants writer, I became addicted to the “lost or hidden” history of the Cherokees. As a consequence, I spent a great deal of time in the archives of the Cherokee Indian Museum.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Recently, while I was having breakfast with my favorite mountain musician, William Ritter, we got to talking about “leather britches,” which is a bean dish that my grandmother used to fix from beans that had spent the fall drying out on newspapers in the attic.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Back in September, I got up early one morning and went out in the fog to survey my estate.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

As a child, I often heard my elders talk about a tale called “Mr. Fox,” which was a story that was told during Old Christmas, the days between Dec. 25 and Jan. 6.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

When I was a wee lad (that was more than 70 years ago!) I used to sit on the porch at night with my grandparents and listen to the night sounds on Painter Knob – rain crows, hoot owls and a wind that moaned like the one that Hank Williams sings about.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

If you are a native of Jackson County, you have probably heard of Dr. John R. Brinkley, the notorious “goat-gland man.”

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Recently, while surfing the Internet, I blundered on a bit of information that surprised me. A professional filmmaker, working for a company called Lost Colony Productions, had acquired the rights to James Cathey’s “The Genesis of Lincoln” and had launched a film based on this bit of Jackson…

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Throughout his life, Gus Baty was often asked why he made that near-fatal leap on that morning in May 1911. He always answered with wry humor and it was always some variation of his stock response: “All I ever wanted was for that girl to pay a little attention to me,” he said. “That girl” wa…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I have decided to tell you a story. Not a traditional one, like “Cinderella” or a “Jack Tale,” but an original story. I am making it up as I go, and I only have a vague idea where it will end up.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For those of you who remember the “Snail Darter Controversy” that developed some 40 years ago, it may be that some weary chickens have finally come home to roost.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Last week, this region’s newspapers and television stations carried stories about a number of minor earthquakes or “tremors” in places like Cherokee, Burnsville and Kingsport, Tenn.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My father was a mountain musician – one of those multi-talented fellows who could play anything: banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, piano. Not only that, he also “made up” songs. According to my grandmother some of them were beautiful and heartbreaking. She once told me that my father would si…

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Seeing as how I just celebrated my 80th birthday on Jan. 20, I guess it is fitting and proper that I make a few candid observations on mutability and the passing of time.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Some 50 years ago, when the nights grew long and the days were short, my Grandmother used to sit on the porch at night and watch the moon rise.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I have been thinking about Bayless Henderson the luckless tramp and possible desperado who ended his life on a rudely constructed gallows in Webster on May 6, 1874.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014