September 15, 2021

HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS Twenty years ago today these two got engaged!  On the Saturday after the 9/11 attacks.  And truly their love gave hope to us all during that tragic week.  This photo of Patrick and Julia was made during Christmas week of 2001 as they were finalizing plans for their wedding the following May.Continue reading “September 15, 2021”

September 14, 2021

REAL AND IMAGINARY This photo was taken when Heather and I stopped by Schuyler, Virginia, to pay homage to a family favorite television show of the 1970s and beyond, “The Waltons.” Earl Hamner, Jr. wrote Spencer’s Mountain in 1961, which was made into a movie two years later.  From that came first the CBS television movie “The Homecoming:Continue reading “September 14, 2021”

September 13, 2021

VISITING MISS MAUDE AT BEERSHEBA No one ever loved a place more than Miss Maude Hunter loved the little community of Beersheba Springs on the Cumberland Plateau!  She had dreams of dying on the mountain—maybe even getting picked up from there like Elijah by a chariot of fire. She lived in an apartment in Nashville andContinue reading “September 13, 2021”

September 10, 2021

AUNT CHRISTINE COMES TO VISIT Tom’s Aunt Christine was a lovely person!  She was one of his father’s two sisters—the other one being Connie. It always seemed that Christine had an interesting life, a bit more exciting than her siblings. As a young woman from Columbia in Maury County, she came to Nashville for a jobContinue reading “September 10, 2021”

September 9, 2021

CORN MAZE AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN This photo was a marketing gimmick at the corn maze at the foot of Lookout Mountain that we visited one fall—but who could resist after seeing those little faces? There’s a long history linking the Faulk and Connelly families together—especially through the close friendship of Brent andContinue reading “September 9, 2021”

September 12, 2021

WEARING LOOKALIKE OUTFITS Their Grandmama Harriett liked nothing more than making clothes for us!  She’d always sewn for me over the years until I was a “big girl” and wanted to buy my outfits like my friends did. So when Heather came along, she made many adorable little dresses for her!  She wasn’t too familiar with sewingContinue reading “September 12, 2021”

September 11, 2021

LIGHT AND SHADOWS: A REMEMBRANCE Today, the 20th anniversary of 9/11/2001, a date we cannot forget.  What image or photograph could ever depict that memory? I decided on this—a candle inside my metal lantern with the outline of trees and the shadowy reflections on the wall behind.  On that beautiful Tuesday morning in 2001, I had justContinue reading “September 11, 2021”

September 8, 2021

FALL IN THE MOUNTAINS Fall is my favorite season—and it always seemed most beautiful in the mountains of Western  North Carolina.  When Patrick and Julia lived in Swannanoa, we had some lovely day trips up on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Chimney Rock and one weekend when Sam and Eli were about four, we visited Lake LureContinue reading “September 8, 2021”

September 7, 2021

GOING TO A STORYTELLING FESTIVAL I’ve always loved stories—whether listening to them, reading them or telling them! Going to the annual international storytelling festival in Jonesboro (or Jonesborough), Tennessee in the fall of 2009 was a wonderful experience!  This was our delegation—Mary Jo (right), Judy (left) and I from Nashville, and Earleen (kneeling) joining us fromContinue reading “September 7, 2021”

September 6, 2021

THINKING OF SISTERS Today is the birthday of the little girl in this family photo from long ago.  She posted this photo on Facebook today—and she still very much loves her parents and baby sister. The happy mother is Catherine Skelley, who was Inez Connelly’s younger sister (by 7 years).  The eldest sister was Ruby Woody (twoContinue reading “September 6, 2021”


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