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The Best Peanut Butter Fudge in the Whole ‘Verse, Part II

The Best Peanut Butter Fudge in the Whole ‘Verse My son, Kippy, not quite 4, snuggled up to my very pregnant self and sighed. His sigh lasted forever, it seemed. “What’s wrong, Lovey?” I asked as I hugged his sturdy … Continue reading

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The Best Peanut Butter Fudge in the Whole ‘Verse

The Best Peanut Butter Fudge in the Whole ‘Verse* Part 1 “I think the steel workers’ strike is over!” I whispered to my little brother, Dusty. “Mom’s fixing peanut butter fudge!” Dusty’s confusion irritated me. “What’s a strike?” I rolled … Continue reading

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No Joy in Mudville–but a Ray of Hope

NO JOY IN MUDVILLE—BUT A RAY OF HOPE As I endure the unrelenting heat wave of a North Carolina June, I stay indoors as much as possible, but still keep my finger on the pulse of my favorite sport: baseball. … Continue reading

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The Hillman and Zucchini

The Hillman and Zucchini The spring the coalmine laid my Grandfather Nichols off permanently, left this hale, active sixty year old man with too much time on his hands. He took care of this lack by finding ways to fill … Continue reading

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Home is Where the Mirth Is

Home is Where the Mirth Is The mushroom cloud caused by my Uncle Loo’s wrath hung in the taut atmosphere. We heard the front door slam, his truck motor rev, flying gravel ping on the windows as he careened away … Continue reading

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Memories from the Depps

Memories from the Depps Johnny Depp preys on my mind these days. I can’t wait for the theatrical release of The Lone Ranger. I’ve laughed at the trailers as I saw Tonto’s over-the-top make-up. I should have expected as much, … Continue reading

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