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Tom T Traywick
Southern Appalachians
Like the Celts he holds reverence for the art of memory, which, unfortunately, he lacks.
Interests: Earth, Community, Family, Food
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Note: This story was dealt with in several scattered posts on Old Ones Dream back during the summer of 2013. The following is to collect and expand and replace those posts in more appropriate fashion. Classic Rock, a Longhorn steer with a story and a part to play — one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2020 at Old Ones Dream
Yes Eston. That was during World War One. Terry Robert's book "A Short Time to Stay Here" deals with that story. Look him up if you don't know him: I have great respect for his novel "That Bright Land."
I sit in the dark with my morning coffee and I ruminate - and I smile. It has become a useful habit for me. I watch the lights come on across the valley of the East Fork. I imagine the heat sources rumbling and the water heaters hissing. Then the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at Old Ones Dream
I was alone in Alpine, Texas, having supper at the Reata bar. There was a woman sitting next to me also alone. She had travelled from a city much like Austin, or Fort Worth, and was in the small college town on a business trip. I was in town after... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at Old Ones Dream
I have been here on Granny’s Rock for over 20 years with Blue Ridges around me for about 250 degrees. This array is anchored on the Southwest horizon by a peak known to me as Sassafras Mountain, and extends North and East to include Whiteface, Chimney Top, the Devil’s Courthouse,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at Old Ones Dream
This piece, originally posted by me on Medium, is a summation of “The Orangeburg Massacre” by Jack Bass and Jack Nelson (Mercer University Press, reprint 2002), both white southern journalists and Nieman Fellows at Harvard, who covered the Orangeburg Student Riots for The Los Angeles Times and The Charlotte Observer.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Old Ones Dream
My great grandfather John Tatum walked home from Virginia and arrived in late May 1865 suffering from chronic diarrhea. He had been issued a mule at the surrender and he could have ridden it home and perhaps used it to help him plant a crop—but early in the journey he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Old Ones Dream
Reunion room full of Oldones room not so full as before Each sweeter than before. _____________________ Memorial Day 2019, and 60th class reunion Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Old Ones Dream
Thank you for catching that. I have corrected to agree with the latest from your test kitchen -- 1 and 1/4 cup of whole milk.
Tales from the Kitchen Shot Fried Chicken Farm supply travelling salesmen often timed their arrival on The Place at about dinnertime (the mid-day meal). Shot was the reason. She was the household overseer and administrative courier for the farm operation. She famously prepared the mid-day meal and Shot Fried Chicken... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at Old Ones Dream
From Cork to Connemara It is 4:30 o’clock in the morning and becoming light. Birds are singing their morning song. When I went to my bed it was 10:30 o’clock and they were singing their bedtime song. It reminded of my childhood when I was sent to bed at full... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Old Ones Dream
While on our recent 30-day tour of Maine and The Maritime provinces of Canada, we had several experiences that modified the list of the superlative entrées that makes up our moveable feast known as “The Best I Ever Had.” In Corner Brook on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, on a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Old Ones Dream
Ms. Neves, I would be delighted for you to use my photo.
By email today from RT Morgan Tom There are no standing buildings from either of the two WWII POW side camps on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests. However, there are archaeological remains including some concrete floors and other structural features. They are hard to see due to the growth of vegetation across the former camp site. Neither camp has been surveyed or tested for archaeological remains, so we are not sure what might remain on or in the ground.
None that I am aware. I will try to notify RT Morgan of your query.
Cope, South Carolina A Tiny Town You've Never Heard Of Where we learned early of BBQ, Pig Shipping, Train Watching and Methodism -- not necessarily in that order. Click Here to Visit Reblogged from Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 24, 2017 at Old Ones Dream
Well . . . The hook worked and I reeled you in. As to facsimile, I think we could take the family recipe for deviled crab and adjust -- but I would rather head on down to P'cola and have some more of Carmen's dish.
I will relay the message to them. Son Tatum and Daughter Oliver, you have an assignment from Professor Roberts.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2017 on Our Two Rivers at Old Ones Dream
Thank you Professor! I wrote it on a swell of emotion at the time of the event. Writing it now would be a little different, but not as authentic.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2017 on Leaving the Farm at Old Ones Dream
Sally, I made inquiries through the offices of the German Consulate. They responded as follows: Dear Mr. Traywick, Thank you very much for your email and giving us the possibility to look the into your important work. The name Heinrich Schmitt is very very common in Germany and it's thus difficult to locate him or his next of kin today. Even if we would have further details about this POW (i.e. date of birth, hometown etc.). Although there is a system of compulsory registration, these records are on a local city government level and not considered as public record, which could be accessed by any private individual or authority. Thus, the Consulate is not in the position to locate the person, who are looking for. There are private initiatives or companies, who are experienced in locating persons in Germany (e.g. Kind regards Ansgar Kremnitzer Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Marquis Two Tower, Suite 901 285 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30303-1221
Sally responded with the following identifying information: Heinrich Schmitt P.O.W. Camp Charleston S.C. Okt 45 If that means anything to anyone let us know.
Sally, I am in the dark as well. You might consider contacting the nearest German consulate seeking direction in finding the family of your POW. You could post the name and date here and see if you get a hit on that -- I have noticed that a good number of the visits to this page are from Germany and someone may be able to help. Some of the prisoners were Italian and one that my father friended was Polish I believe. Good luck, and email me directly if you like. Tom
I noticed last night that there was a flurry of activity on this blog and backtracked it to this: Shiloh Rifle Forums Identifying the cause of the catastrophic bison die-off 1870-1882? There are a several dozen thoughtful posts to the discussion. I recommend it.
Queen Esther “Rae” Franklin 1932 - 2016 Photo courtesy of her family Our Two Rivers Queen Esther became a member of our new small family 50 years ago in the late 1960s – Tanne and the children and I called her Rae. Rae quickly became our friend. It was a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Old Ones Dream
Thank you Robert, for your information. I was hoping to find a way to attach Hugo's map to my reply but could not. Please excuse the delay.