Growing Up in Saggy Bottom

Saggy Bottom, Texas, is one of my favorite places on earth. That’s because I made it up as the setting in my novel, Saggy Bottom Blues. But the little town isn’t entirely fictitious. I grew up in a place a lot like Saggy Bottom, and if you want to read my...

Long Distance Romance

A comment on last week’s post got me to thinking more about the good old days of landline communication and the challenges that came with it. For instance, there was the three-minute limit on long distance calls. You could talk longer, but Ma Bell charged a lot...

The Dewberry Rebel

One of my earliest memories recently came to mind, brought to the surface by the abundance of rain in our area of the Texas Hill Country this year. As a country girl, I grew up about about eighty-five miles southeast of where I live now, almost within seeing distance...

Broom Straw Cake

As soon as I was tall enough to reach the countertop, I made dessert once or twice a week while my mother took her afternoon reading break. My favorite was chocolate cake with chocolate icing, especially the old-fashioned cooked- fudge type that can set up in the pan...