Appalachian Thursday – Mountain Saints

Appalachia is about people as much as it is about place. We have a lovely Christmas tradition at my church. Our pastor gathers scripture for each day of Advent (December 2-24 this year) and assigns them to volunteers who then write a short entry for a devotional that’s handed out to the congregation. I thinkContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Mountain Saints”

Appalachian Thursday – Thanksgiving Hog Killing

I was talking to Dad about Thanksgiving when he was a child and learned that it was often hog killing day in Appalachia. Everyone was off work and gathering together anyway, so it was a good day for many hands to make light work. While I’m glad NOT to be spending today scraping a hogContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Thanksgiving Hog Killing”

The (Christmas) reviews are coming in!

The Christmas Heirloom has been out for nearly two weeks now! Yes, I’m still talking about my latest release–a novella that’s part of a collection with Kristi Ann Hunter, Karen Witemeyer, and Becky Wade. Why? Because I’m excited about it! And, the ever nerve-wracking reviews are (thus far) mostly good (and mostly good is great!).Continue reading “The (Christmas) reviews are coming in!”

The Christmas Heirloom – Release Day Eve

Tomorrow is the official release day for The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations. (Click on the image to the right if you want to order it!) Release days have that first-day-of-school feeling. Did I pick the right outfit? Will I like my teachers? Is this the year I get toContinue reading “The Christmas Heirloom – Release Day Eve”

Appalachian Thursday – Anvil Shooting

Just like everywhere else in the country, folks in Appalachia spent yesterday enjoying cookouts, eating watermelon, warning the kids not to burn themselves with sparklers, and maybe enjoying some patriotic music. We grilled hot dogs and chilled our watermelon in the creek out back. (It takes up too much room in the refrigerator.) But backContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Anvil Shooting”

Holy Week–The best story EVER

Just picture it. Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. People act like he’s a rock star–waving palm branches, throwing their cloaks down in the street. The king is here. But wait. This isn’t the king they expected. He doesn’t overthrow Roman rule. He doesn’t claim a throne, wear a crown, or live inContinue reading “Holy Week–The best story EVER”

Ashes to Ashes – A Lenten Reflection

There were fewer than twenty of us gathered in the little white church on the hill for the Ash Wednesday service last week. The evening was mild and the service was brief with some music, scripture and words from the pastor, and then the ashes. Lent is my favorite season and Easter is my favoriteContinue reading “Ashes to Ashes – A Lenten Reflection”

Appalachian Thursday – A Singing Valentine

Of course, Valentine’s Day is little more than a marketing ploy to get us to buy candy, cards, flowers, and other gifts. But Appalachian Express in Johnson City, TN, has a more creative way to wish your sweetheart a Happy Valentines Day. As a fundraiser for their chorus, quartets go out on Wednesday, February 14,Continue reading “Appalachian Thursday – A Singing Valentine”

First Footing (and other firsts)

My grandmother used to pay attention to who first stepped over her threshold on the first day of the new year, claiming that person set the household’s luck for the coming year. This is likely based on the Scotts tradition of first-footing. For the best luck, Scottish tradition holds that the first person in yourContinue reading “First Footing (and other firsts)”