In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are 14 Cal & Ada Claire facts. Cal and Ada Claire are high-school sweethearts, strong parental figures for Ritchie and Selma, and inspired by my grandparents. I always think, even though my grandparents divorced, that they had a deep and complex love. They, like Cal and Ada Claire, were … More 14 Facts for Valentine’s Day
My dad yells, “HEMMY-OH” when he calls the cows to eat. My brother and I had a discussion on how to spell it, because I always heard it as, “BENNY-OH.” My brother had more insight, though, because he’s fed the cows with my grandfather, who would yell, “HIMMON-NAH.” Did this come from his own father … More To Call a Calf to Eat
This is my grandmother, Myra Ware. She died in January of 1985 when I was just a year old. I have no memory of her or her voice, but yesterday, that changed!
Great read over on Ploughshares by Megan Mayhew Bergman back in 2010 on writing Southern accents. Check it out at: Trying to Write the Southern Accent
I’m thinking a lot about home today. Facebook Memories reminded me of a video I posted on May 20, 2012. It filled my heart with so much nostalgia—in the true sense, the way Alan Cheuse described it over and over in Forms of Fiction. Nóstos (homecoming) + álgos (pain/ache.) Today, I am aching for home.
The first story I ever submitted for workshop was in 2003 or so, in my undergraduate Intro to Fiction. It was the last time I wrote about the South for over a decade.