Trail of Tears stockade

Fort Marr, Benton Tennessee. This is the last of the numerous stockades built to house Cherokees during the Trail of Tears. This would have been part of a walled fort. The Cherokees in my novel Stone Man and the Trail of Tears escaped from the army to avoid this stockade.

Cherokee Grape Dumplings

2 cups flour, pinch salt, 2 teaspoons sugar/honey, 1 & half tsp baking powder, tbsp lard, half cup grape juice

Form a stiff dough, pound thin. Cut into strips. Boil in grape juice for 10 or 12 minutes.

The Cherokees in my novel Stone Man and the Trail of Tears enjoyed this recipe during stomp dances.

Cherokee squash bread

1 cup Corn meal

2 diced Summer squash

1 Egg


1/4 cup Buttermilk

Boil squash until soft; leave 3/4 c. water in pot. Combine other ingredients with squash and water; mix together. Fry in hot oil, golden brown.

The Cherokees in my novel Stone Man and the Trail of Tears enjoyed this recipe.

After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live. Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee warrior? And will they ever find their family again?

Juvenile Fiction: Boys & Men -Legends, Myths, Fables-Native American – Historical-United States-General
Print ISBN 9781939844620
EBook ISBN 9781939844637

There be some that thinks they are safe from pirates since they dwell along the Ohio River. Cave-in-Rock was a river pirate stronghold on the Ohio River near Shawneetown, Illinois. Beware. Landlubbers, ye are only safe if you talk like a pirate.

Me granddaddy, Alonzo Pait, once lived in the town of Cave-in-Rock, Illinois a mile or so from the pirate stronghold. Was he a pirate? Me lips are sealed.


Who lives in a pirate ship over the sea?

The old seadog

Who is peg legged and drunk as can be?

The old seadog



Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Seven Seas (I think, for we are wondrously lost)


Avast Mateys,


Arrgh. Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Landlubbers what ignore me warnings will receive a visit from me lads. Verily, they do love keelhauling those who fail to Talk Like a Pirate. Making ye walk the plank and feeding the fish is also a fine sport.

Lads, sail up the rivers if needs be! Those what show a landlubber mercy will join them in Davey Jones locker. I will aid me lads when I find me crutch. Me eyepatch. Me rapier. Me pistols. Oh, demon rum has messed me with me head. Do I not spy a Navy frigate flying the Stars and Stripes?

Lads, turn your guns around and fire a broadside! We fear not the U.S. Navy! Prepare to board their worm-infested vessels! How dare them play “Anchors Aweigh.” Polly, don’t you dare fly away. Lads, load the cannons with grapeshot! Lads? Lads? Where do ye be?

Polly, come back! Stay off that Navy ship! Me head is reeling. Now where is me rum? Why didn’t I learn to swim? Never you mind, I shall still deal with them what ignore Talk Like a Pirate Day.


Now be done with it!

The Old Seadog


National Cheeseburger Day

Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Kaelin’s Restaurant, Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky invented the cheeseburger in 1934. It closed about 10 years ago. Recently, 80/20@Kaelin’s has opened at the historic location.


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