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Storytelling – J. Frank says ‘Get it right.’

"If you can’t tell a story right, don’t tell it."
– Texas Folklorist J. Frank Dobie

When I talk about this topic in public, I call it “Southern theology and the narrative arts.”  Makes no difference, really, what I call it, Lucille Hatley, Momma, will flip in her grave.


An open window, a little dog and an unwanted night visitor

In October 2010, my two brothers and I spent the weekend at our farm in Dike. We gathered to see the freshly mowed land and to marvel at the difference two coats of white paint made in the look of our 75-year-old farm house.


Hopkins County Memories: Anvil shooting at Dike

During the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Jap Hatley family was at the core of a group of men and boys who shot anvils on Christmas night in front of George Duncan’s General Store.

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