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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
Recent Activity
Completion of El Camino de Santiago -October 2014 Tanne took flight December 26, 2023 at 10:47 AM. Said she was going to hike the AT. She was surrounded by her family and her close Camino companions. We took her body home with us and cherished her memory for 2 nights.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2024 at Old Ones Dream
When I picked up “The Passenger” by Cormac McCarthy I barely put it down until I finished. I had the same experience with “Stella Maris,” an addendum, or coda, to “The Passenger” but published 6 weeks later. It is all a mysterious tale of love, loss, guilt, grief, genius, insanity,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2023 at Old Ones Dream
The Alexandria Quartet is a tetralogy by Lawrence Durrell set in that city in the years leading to, and including, World War II. The work was immediately recognized among the most influential fiction of the 20th Century. I have been reading and re-reading it for 60 years. Recently finishing it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2023 at Old Ones Dream
On Monday I couldn’t wait any longer, and ordered the recent works of Cormac McCarthy, "The Passenger" and "Stella Maris." McCarthy reportedly died the next day. In the three days since, there has been an outpouring of literary obituaries and reviews of his life work, and rightly so—he is one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2023 at Old Ones Dream
God and Daddy Back in the 1970s I conceived of a collection called “The Poetry of Carly Simon.” Nothing was done on that topic by me or, as far as I know, anyone else. Fifty years later one of her resonant creations came to mind—I cannot recall what triggered the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2023 at Old Ones Dream
Photo Courtesy of Classic Woodie The story goes that a man attempted to enter his mule in the Kentucky Derby. He knew that he had no chance to win, but he reasoned that "… the association would do him good." So, in similar circumstances, I entered my recent book in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
I hope that you were mostly immune to all of that conspicuous consumption and survived it with your finances and sense of well-being intact. REI closes their doors on Black Friday with the idea that everyone might stay outdoors for another day of fun. That is a responsible commercial model—but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
In an instant your life can change. There might be a terrible accident. Or a medical diagnosis. A portal into a parallel universe opened in your closet? Or, what if you read a book that grabbed you, turned you upside down and shook you, causing the scales of culture to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
"The current failed system dehumanizes us all — including the rich — and threatens the future of all our children. Our viability as a species depends on reshaping our relationships with one another and Earth. This requires new ethically grounded choices relating to culture, institutions, technology and infrastructure consistent with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
At 3 ½ pounds and 1100 pages of smallish print, this is a substantial book. Reading it in whole will build your core body strength, increase your knowledge, and improve your mind. I was drawn to this book, even though I had vowed, thirty years ago, to “…study war no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
#MagnoliaElegy, #BookTrailer What's a book Trailer? I had no idea. But, then I had no book. Now, all that has changed. ____________ Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
eBook Availability I am culturally attached to paper and ink printed books. So…I did not mention the availability of the eBook versions of “Magnolia Elegy: Place In the Edisto Fork.” Take a look at the publisher’s Magnolia Elegy page where you can play the book trailer, read a preview of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
Supply Chain Considerations The publishing industry, like other businesses, is suffering from "supply chain" issues—materials shortages and job market difficulties. There are steps you can take that might reduce your exposure to supply chain issues. If you are ordering a book, then order it direct from the publisher. If you... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
"Loved the bio on the back cover. It alone would make me want to read your opus." - A reader “Magnolia Elegy: Place In the Edisto Fork” is available from your local independent bookseller, the publisher, and most of the other usual suspects. ____________ Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
Human Survival Earth Day keeps coming around again, and that’s a good thing. Earth Day was first observed by United Nations Proclamation on March 21, 1970, and again as an environmental teach-in on April 22, 1970, founded by U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wisconsin Democrat). The April 22 date was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
#MagnoliaElegy At long last. “Magnolia Elegy: Place In the Edisto Fork” pays homage to an Agrarian time and place. It tells of the passing of that Time and the loss of that Place—undespairing, seeking no pity—through the eyes of the writer, the third generation of his placeholder family. It is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
Call them Hanz, or call them Ishmael. They were European men who, by accident of birth, were caught on the losing side of the Second World War and were confined behind barbed wire fences in mostly rural communities in the United States. Since “German POWs in South Carolina” was published... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
Here we go trudging into the third winter of our time of pestilence. But we have survived much, and we’re stronger—we have reason for optimism. The Omicron variant is burning through humanity (a flash in the pandemic?) and optimistic smart people say that we will thereby achieve some global immunity... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2022 at Old Ones Dream
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