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My poem. “Never Suffer a Fool,” has been published in the July Writers Monthly PDF, a magazine for writers. Yearly subscription is $13.


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The Preakness is Saturday May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore. Just my humble picks.

WIN Mage. T. Gustavo Delgado, J. Javier Castellano.

(Mage won the Derby, just 1 Derby horse dared run against him. Enough for me)

PLACE First Mission. T. Brad Cox, J. Luis Saez.

(Brad Cox is a great trainer from Louisville, First Mission won his last race)

SHOW National Treasure. T. Bob Baffert, J. John Velazquez.

(Bob Baffert is a legendary trainer, enough for me)

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Book release

My picture book, Tortoise and Hare? No Way! will be released May 31 by Pen It Publications. Based on how I read the story to elementary students. I had as much fun as they did. Details to follow.

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My mother, Mary Katherine Pait Suddeth, left for the Summer Lands in 2011.

June in Triplicate

Charles Suddeth


Dad hated the daytime,

He always drove in the night,

Through dark Hoosier towns,

Mom asleep in the backseat.

Dad said the diners stank,

We passed them all by,

I fiddled with the radio,

Listened to “Ramblin’ Rose.”


Dad still drove through the night,

Mom still asleep in the backseat.

At a New York truck stop,

We choked down stale coffee.

Mom decided to stretch her legs.

We drove off in the dark,

She still stood in the parking lot,

Trembling hands on hips,

I found a radio station,

They played “Ramblin’ Rose.”


Dad chose to leave us,

Left me to drive all alone

Through life’s dark nights,

Mom never forgot New York.

She finally joined Dad,

Somewhere on a radio,

“Ramblin’ Rose” is playing.

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This is my mother, Mary Katherine Pait Suddeth. Her last earthly Mother’s Day was 2011, but still I wish her a Happy Mother’s Day, now and forever.

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The Muscatatuck River in southeast Indiana is a tributary of the White River. The name may be Shawnee and means Swamp People, both the village and the river using the same name.

Does anyone know where the Shawnee village of Muscatatuck was located? Possibly in the Vernon, Indiana area. The village would have been there until at least 1818, possibly much longer, some Shawnees may still live in the area. If so, I would like to meet them. (I once had Shawnee family living in Lexington Indiana, a few miles south of Vernon)

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My Oaks Picks

Kentucky Oaks Friday May 5 for fillies. This is just my humble opinion.

Post position, filly, trainer, jockey

WIN 11 Defining Purpose, Kenny McPeek, Brian Hernandez Jr (trainer has won almost everything)

PLACE 7 Wet Paint Brad Cox, Flavien Prat (same team running in the Derby)

SHOW3 Gambling Girl Todd Pletcher, Irad Ortiz Jr. (same team running in the Derby)

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I am on a quest to make the perfect Mint Julep. The first 4, were so-so. Now I……..
[Editor’s note: Mr. Suddeth drank too much coffee again]

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Truth and legend

Confederate guerrilla, cold-blooded killer, or something else entirely?

George Henry “Beanie” Short (about 1838 Cumberland County Kentucky, died January 4 1865 Monroe County after raiding Turkey Neck Bend and was caught and hung. Union people had stories about him killing people, but none have been corroborated. He had joined the 28th Tennessee Infantry, CSA but served only a few weeks. I don’t believe he was interested in saving slavery or fighting Yankees.

He has also been called Robin Hood. Beanie was mixed blood, white and Yuchi. The Yuchi lived on Turkey Neck Bend until about 1820 when Coe Plantation was built, possibly where the village stood. The Yuchi fled into Pea Ridge and intermarried with whites. I believe Beanie was taking money from the rich who had stolen the land. His nickname is Beanie, but local folks spell it Bennie and pronounce it Beanie just as Yuchis still do. He was buried in an unmarked grave on the Coe Plantation.

The Short family still names sons after Beanie (Grandma’s brother was Bennie). He is Grandma’s second cousin, my third cousin. I am proud to call him family.

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Today (March 4) is National Sons Day.

I have 2 sons. Proud of them both. Tommy on left, Eric on the right.

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