Times were harsh

My cousin, Amy Clark, won an essay writing award earlier this month for a piece based on an oral history recorded in the mid-1980s of my grandmother, Emma Stanley Edwards, and her  sisters. Amy. an English professor, says the piece is part of a larger work she is tinkering with.

… Pop pounced on her sister like a rabid cat, slicing at her back with
muscled hands. Emma sprinted back to the house, screaming for her older
sisters and brothers. Nancy Jane’s sons heard the commotion and saw the
two women struggling up the lane. They wrangled Pop from their mother
and chased her straight into thick, untamed woods, which swallowed her

Before it ended, Pop had stabbed Nancy Jane seventeen times,
with two wounds in her chest and the rest on her back.

Continue reading here.

If it had a soundtrack, it might be Darrrell Scott’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” which is set across the state line in Kentucky.


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A day golf’s Mike Strantz would have enjoyed

Autumn at Tot Hill Golf Club
Golfers at Tot HillI don’t play golf and I never met golf course designer Mike
Strantz, but I think he would have had fun yesterday on a sunny day with a bit
of crispness and trees still holding some gold fall color across the rolling
landscape of Piedmont North Carolina.

The weather was splendid, the golf was good and the ribs,
slow cooked for some three hours, were excellent.

The video shot nine years ago of the construction at Tot
Hill Farm Golf Club shows a guy with a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face
and obviously loving what he is doing.

Mike StrantzStrantz died at 50 of tongue cancer. By that time, he had
become a hot talent in golf design known for challenging and controversial

He began his career as a golf course designer with the famed
Tom Fazio, but did a mere nine courses after going out on his own.

Two of the nine are in North Carolina, Tot Hill in Asheboro
and Tobacco Road in the Sanford area. On Saturday, Tot Hill held the First
Annual Mike Strantz Memorial Golf Tournament, attracting over 100 golfers.

Cooking ribsHis dad was there. His two daughters were there. His wife,
Heidi, spoke briefly about how the proceeds would help the Hollings Cancer
Center of South Carolina
, located on the campus of the Medical University of
South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

Strantz would have been proud.

(Mike Strantz photo from www.mikestrantzdesign.com. Some more photos from Saturday.)


I love hydrangeas and they were particularly pretty during our vacation on Chincoteague Island. Here are a few I photographed on Main Street and some info.