The Ties that Bind…

There are several threads in the story, of course. Not only is Jessamine trying to figure out how to escape this marriage in the early 1900’s, her son, Tennyson, is getting into his own brand of trouble. He is, in the story and in real life, a moonshine bootlegger. He leaves Virginia for a time, and heads out west to Kansas. Problem is, telling…

Moonshine Poet…the beginnings…

This is how Moonshine Poet happened for me. After a five-year stint in Arizona, I returned home to Virginia and spent several days visiting my grandmother who, then, lived in Floyd county. She and I share the family genealogy bug and she handed me a newly discovered hundred-page deposition. What she found was kept a family secret for three generations, a suit for divorce…

Don’t Forget St. Gertrude

Well, you learn something new every day. Not only is today St. Patrick’s Day, but it is also St. Gertrude’s Day. And Gertrude is the patron saint of cats.   Ironically, or maybe not, one of the few photographs I have is this one, of my great-grandmother, Rose Glennon Lamb and her daughter, Gertrude in the back row. There is also a cat in…

Winter Solstice at Newgrange.

Check out MythicalIreland.com.  Here’s a little bit of what they had to say: “On the Winter Solstice, the light of the rising sun enters the roofbox at Newgrange and penetrates the passage, shining onto the floor of the inner chamber. The sunbeam illuminates the chamber of Newgrange for just 17 minutes…” http://www.mythicalireland.com/ancientsites/newgrange According to Mythical Ireland.com: “The Tuatha Dé Danann, who ruled Ireland in…