All posts by Buffy

jaywalking, melon knees and gone with the wind


I feel like James Caan in Misery. It’s cold. It’s winter. I’m crippled and drugged. A crazy person keeps popping their head around the corner with soup and crackers threatening to do me in if I don’t ‘hurry up and finish already’. OK. I lied. The stranger’s in my mind. But the crippled and drugged

death and dumplins


When I was three I began gathering flowers from the mountainside; placing them into open caskets of distant cousins. I ate chicken and dumplings in parlor rooms beside dead uncles of other uncles at least once a month when I was five. During a wake that same year I hid my cousin, Dewey’s, General Lee

miners ladies


Country Roads. John Denver sang about them. Morning hours, teardrops and miners ladies. There are two industries in West Virginia. Religion and Coal. If you’re not a preacher you’re a miner. Or you use to be. Pa fed his family with a number four shovel. He still goes downstairs to pray … in a basement

plain and simple


“I notice that you use plain simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the best way to write English – it is the modern way, and the best way. Stick to it; dont let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly,

fried chicken and a not-so-lazy e


Appalachian folk. We’re all about long vowels, pass the chicken and praise the Lord. Until we move to the city. Then it’s a little more staccato, foie gras and well I use to be a Baptist. Vowels were never a friend to me in the slow lazy way they are to some people. My primary

he b huntin


It’s huntin season in the mountains and my brother is going in for the kill. He sent me a Christmas card. A photo of him and a big horned deer, in mid field-dress. Captioned with the seasonal greeting: ‘Ohio Bow Kill. 2005.’ I blame Pa. Pa’s a squirrel man. Least he used to be. “Back

the cousins are a mess


The cousins are a mess. Least thats what my Aunt says. One keeps walking around the house saying ‘breasteseses’ and knocking people out. She’s a fighter and you better believe it. She use to have this really guttural voice, then she got her ears unstopped. People think shes softened up because now she sounds like

when to start


“The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.” Mark Twain