Growing up my sisters and I spent much of each summer with my grandparents on the family farm. We loved spending time there. We played in the barns, hide and seek in the … [Read more...] about Blog 22 | The Baptism Gown
As I wrote about this complex character, foremost in my mind was the fear she lived with every day. She was passing for white in a place and time in history where that … [Read more...] about Blog 21 | Grandma Em
As I was writing Silent Ties pieces of my childhood and my parent’s crept into the character’s lives. The story line of the country school came from my father. He grew up … [Read more...] about Blog 20 | The One Room Schoolhouse
Change is difficult. When Missy moves to the town school it is an emotional time. There was fear of the unknown, new academic challenges, being accepted, and being … [Read more...] about Blog 19 | Thank you, Mrs. Dennis!
Although there were common laws that could be expected everywhere, many counties or towns also had their own rules. Some restricted any person of color from entering … [Read more...] about Blog 18 | Jim Crow: To shop or not?