I have shared my life with you readers for many years — both the good and the bad times. You have shared your dreams, sorrows, and victories with me and that is what makes us “home folks.”
Once a writer remarked, “I never report the sick and the dead — I only report the good things.” I wish things were always bright and beautiful, but you and I know that is not true in this life. If I were writing for the New York Times, I may be more scholarly and sophisticated. I am neither. I was native-born in Walker County, and if anyone knows our people and our history, I do. I have spent most of my adult life researching and writing about our early settlers, the coal-mining towns, the rise and fall of the coalmines, and the search for industry for our county. I want to see large plants that will employ our people so they can stay home to make their living.
I was talking to friend Floyd Guthrie (one of our best genealogists) that I was ( shhhh!) getting old and unable to go into the areas to interview at any and all times. His reply was “Rehash some of your good stories of the past for a while.” I have collected county history that would last a long time for writing but it would not keep up with current happenings. We have many bright, young reporters that can keep the daily news going.
Barnes and Nobles Company is interested in reprinting my book, SOUTHERN HOMESPUN. They also would like to do my folk games and folk songs book. I have yet to download their contract, which they sent, and talk to a lawyer. The days and years go by and many things do not get done. That, too, is a sign of “you know what.”
At least I haven’t started wearing mini skirts and trying to be a teeny-bopper. Although, I have threatened to have cosmetic surgery on my ugly, chopped-up knee so I can wear a bikini this summer. Sure! You know that is true. When you tell a fib with your fingers crossed, it doesn’t count as fibbing. Did you know that?
I was a school- teacher for years and I always loved the children’s reactions to certain well-known phrases. I never cease to be amazed at their simple, power-filled responses.
I am including “Proverbs – According to the Experts”
( For the benefit of those who have forgotten the original, I am adding them at the end )
Answers are as given to an elementary school-teacher:
1. As you make your bed, so shall you… mess it up. (sleep in it. lay on it).
2. Better be safe than…punch a 5th grader. (sorry).
3. Strike while the… bug is close. (fire is hot).
4. It’s always darkest before…daylight saving time. (the dawn).
5. You can lead a horse to water, but…how? (you can’t make him drink).
6. Don’t bite the hand that…looks dirty. (feeds you).
7. No news is…impossible. (good news).
8. A miss is as good as a…mister. (a mile).
9. If you lie down with dogs…you’ll stink in the morning. (wake up with fleas).
10. An idle mind is…the best way to relax. (the devil’s workshop).
You know earlier, I called a lie a fib. It just seems to sound a little nicer. Well, a church recently got a lesson on the subject.
A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you to read Mark 17.”
The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17.
Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only 16 chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.” (OUCH!!!!!)