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“Hillbilly Elegy” is the story of Vance’s predominantly Scotch-Irish family, who migrated from Kentucky to Middletown, Ohio to find work, and took their hillbilly culture with them. His grandfather worked in the Armco steel mill. My grandparents — who also had Scotch-Irish blood (mixed with German) — made a similar migration for work, from West Virginia to Massillon, Ohio. My grandfather got a job in a steel mill.

My husband, The Engineer, sometimes works in Middletown at the same mill (now AK Steel) that once employed Vance’s Papaw.

Clearly, this was the story of my people.

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Giving Thanks

I am blessed to have more things to be thankful for than I deserve. The Engineer. The Sprog (my daughter). My 83-year-old mother who is still going strong. The rest of my family. Good friends. A job I enjoy — … Continue reading

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On Vacation

Rave: We have house guests for the next few weeks, so I will be taking a little vacation from posting, which means my faithful readers get  a little vacation from me. 🙂

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Christmas Note #24: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Rave: Christmas Note #24: Things aren’t always what they seem. Well, this year’s countdown to Christmas is almost over so today I’m sharing this video, entitled “The Long Wait.” I got it from my friend Carmen, who posted it on her … Continue reading

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