Recommended Reading: J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”

Scotch-Irish is somewhat of a misnomer, as people who claim the ancestry have little to no Scottish blood.  They’re primarily folks who left England and resettled in Northern Ireland for religious freedom in the 17th century, then left Ireland in the 18th and early 19th century in search of – yet again – religious freedom (Presbyterian,…

Recommended Reading: Joe Hill’s “The Fireman”

When someone is cold and you share your blanket, you’re both warmer than you would’ve been alone.  You offer the sick your medicine and their happiness will be your medicine.  Someone probably a lot smarter than me said hell is other people.  I say you’re in hell when you don’t give to someone who needs,…

Amber Tozer’s Memoir Made Me Feel Feelings

Long-time readers may have noticed that all the non book-related Sweets dropped off the blog a few months ago.  My “about me” also reads more professionally, rather than as an attempt at a humorous dating profile.  As I delve back into the writing life with more consistency, these moves are calculated to build my “platform,”…