Category Archives: I Grew up on a Virginia Farm

“One Word Photo Challenge: Foggy”

Images for “One Word Photo Challenge: Foggy” Growing up on a farm on a river in Virginia, foggy scenes were common. The photo of the boat with the catfish pots was taken with an Argus C3 Rangefinder 35MM camera using … Continue reading

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My Roy Rogers Alarm Clock and Nightmares

The Daily Post and Nightmares The Daily Prompt from the Daily Post reads: “Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?” First, I have rarely had real nightmares—maybe some disturbing dreams, but very few rise … Continue reading

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Sunset over the Chickahominy River, New Kent, Virginia

Taken: c 1952 This sunset, captured by my mother in 1952, was taken from the farm where I grew up. The image was photographed on Kodachrome 25 transparency film using an Argus C3 rangefinder camera (that I still have!). The … Continue reading

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Why I Should Have Enlisted in the Navy

This is more of a personal note to my daughters, but it is a story I would tell anyone if I had the occasion. I was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and spent my first three years there. And, here is … Continue reading

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Fond Memories (of Barbed Wire)

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Herring Fishing on the Chickahominy River, Virginia

Or “Why he did not get any fish scales on his face!” I was going through some old photos of my mother’s and came across a sequence she took of my father and his crew fishing for herring on the … Continue reading

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Four Roses for Mrs. Roberts; Memories For Me

Digging through old school photos recently, I came across a photo that had more meaning and emotion than I would have imagined. The photo was taken in December 1961, during our junior class home room Christmas party. The lady in … Continue reading

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Early Mornings – A Special Morning Canvas (c. 1954)

Since my earliest childhood, I have enjoyed something about each morning. Perhaps I was influenced by my father. Living on a farm meant—for him, and therefore me, too—having to start at sunrise to complete all of the tasks demanded to … Continue reading

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Early Mornings—Opening Your Daily Canvas

It is a little after 0600 here in Middle Tennessee, and, as I routinely do on Sunday mornings I am sitting on the front porch with a fresh cup of coffee easily within reach (and my note pad, writing this). … Continue reading

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Harvesting Flashback

How can riding a modern state-of-the-art harvesting monster take you back half a century? Well, let me tell you. Today’s story begins at Harry and Ollie’s, my wife’s market and café in Pelham, Tennessee. My Assignment Here in agricultural Middle … Continue reading

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