1928: Elroy’s Legacy

1928: Elroy’s Legacy

The black cat summoned me — and hastened my departure months afterwards. I was weary and thirsty that late September day in 1928 as I trudged up Main Street. I passed the attractive Gray Rock Inn, but I knew it was beyond my means. However, just north of the inn, I...
1928: The Doll Sanitorium, part 2

1928: The Doll Sanitorium, part 2

Chapter II: The Dry Ridge Diviner According to Catesby’s mama, the Dry Ridge Diviner was a sorry old vamp. She was that, and she was other, less mentionable things. It was true the diviner wore so much face powder it was hard to tell her age, though she kept her head...
1928: The Doll Sanitorium

1928: The Doll Sanitorium

The Doll Sanitorium was written as a stand-alone short story suitable for readers ages 12 to adult, but the author has intentionally ended the piece as a cliffhanger. She hopes one day to expand the narrative, even broaden it into a book, as she continues to explore...
2014: The Possibility of Joy

2014: The Possibility of Joy

In 2014, I traveled from my home in Yellow Springs, OH, to Asheville, NC, with my daughter for a weekend event with Prem Rawat, a well-known speaker and author. We wanted to have easy access to the unique downtown of Asheville, so I found a room available at The Gray...
The History of Asheville’s Windsor Hotel

The History of Asheville’s Windsor Hotel

The city of Asheville’s story includes a number of historic residential hotels, such as the Gray Rock Inn and Old Kentucky Home (the boarding house run by Julia Wolfe, mother of the novelist Thomas Wolfe). One especially interesting and storied building is that of the...