Appalachia Ablaze

As a child, I was terrified of fire. After a fire marshal came to my elementary school to teach us basic fire safety, such as having a plan and using stop-drop-and-roll, I doubled down on my fear. I slept on the side of the bed closest to the door, in case I needed to run […]

Writing and War

A repost from Inkblot Editing. Since Wednesday is Veterans Day, we want to remember those who have bravely served our country. Sometimes writing about war experiences helps veterans better understand what they went through. For instance, Rachel’s great uncle George Hatcher (who turned ninety-five this year!) served during World War II. His plane, the poetically named Delayed […]

Shape Note Singing

The other night, Casey and I watched Lawless, a film set during Prohibition in rural Virginia. In one of the scenes, Shia LaBeouf visits a church service wherein the congregants are sitting in a square—in parts—facing one another, and singing. Based on the strong rhythm and the arrangement of people, I could tell they were using shape […]