I am a retired and gracefully aging English teacher. Recently, and unexpectedly, I am a writer. I was born in Alabama, raised in north Georgia, educated in California, and have taught in Kentucky, Michigan, and Virginia. In addition to the standard literary fare, I wrote and taught a course in The Hebrew Bible as Literature for thirty years. I have kept bees and raised llamas.
In the book I pose some questions–questions I would ask Lydia Roper if I found her, questions the bible ladies and I asked ourselves and each other: What did you want? What did you get? What did you lose? […]
The South, of course, nurtured one of the most virulent plagues in American history and a strain of racism so embedded and so severe that we cannot with any confidence say it has been wiped out even today. […]