Not every father figure gets credit

The mid-morning text began, “Cuz, it’s bad.” Earlier this week, one uncle with whom I share no relationship was found dead in his bed in Missouri,¬†surrounded by the few personal items he’d been able to accumulate over his long and unhappy life. He died old and alone with one cousin and the police breaking¬†in after …

Just read this already: The last of the granny witches

Susannah sent this to me on Facebook because she must have known how much I would completely and totally love this. It’s worth it to be a hillbilly and suffer the slings and arrows when you get to come from a culture like the one described in the beautiful essay.

By the time you read this, I will be…well, I don’t know.

We picked today — the first day in weeks with rain forecast — to move our heavy stuff to storage, while we get ready to move into our furnished summer cottage in a town about a half-hour from here. We’re pretty sure we sold the house. We’re pretty sure the closing is Friday. We’re completely …