The Ringing of the Bells

AUTHOR:  Dean Rathbone The warm sunshine and the serene view beckoned me to my mother’s front porch this afternoon. As I rocked gently in a rocker, she slowly made her way, shuffling behind her walker, to join me. We sat there silently, enjoying the warmth and...

Ike McGaha

AUTHOR:  Tim Pruitt Isaac Burleson “Ike” McGaha ca. 1833-1919 A longtime resident of the “lawless” Big Bend region of Cataloochee, Haywood County (Hicks Cove area), Ike was a farmer and sometime moonshine maker like most. He was noted for his long red chin beard and...

The Gander by the Red Lantern

AUTHOR:  Dean Rathbone Note: This story is by no means filthy or obscene, but it is a boisterous story that was shared by soldiers around the campfire during the Civil War. Granny’s cousin, Jim Kirkpatrick, told me this story about my great great grandpa, Jasper...

Leave It Be

AUTHOR:  Dean Rathbone I always wondered why everyone lowered their voices when they spoke of Will Rathbone, and whispered about what he did during that “bad ole war.” I’d try to get closer so that I could hear, but Granny would gently push me away...
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