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The Hayneville Tool and Die plant closed for a half day on Friday to give workers a jump start on Labor Day festivities. Shop foreman Coy Collander locked up, washed his hands and face at the outdoor spigot, then drove to Biloxi to enjoy three days of free casino drinks and the company of a widow woman from Hattiesburg.
Bootsy Sykes had to stop his overheating pickup truck twice on the way home and suddenly the idea hit him…Continue
"Put that down or I'll swat you into next week!"
Teeny's Granny thrust her face up to mine so I could smell her denture breath, laced with vapor of sherry.
She poked a bony evangelical finger like a shepherd's crook at me, so close to my left eye that I could see a hangnail.
I set her sherry bottle down on the coffee table none too gently and turned toward Teeny who, if you must know, was the instigator of the wine tasting, the same Teeny who should be lying us out of…Continue
Stump Shiner walks through a corridor of milling hunters/shoppers at the Buckmasters Whitetail Deer Expo eating nachos from a cardboard boat and accidentally lets a plume of melted cheese fall on the carpet.
The next passerby, a woman in a rhinestone studded shirt and strappy sandals, slide-steps twice on the cheese blob before regaining her balance and walking on.
Then, a boy of ten,…Continue
Stump Shiner met his brother Hoot at the front door and did not seem surprised that they were wearing identical outfits: Realtree camo pants and hunter green polo shirts. The wallets in their hip pockets were plump with cash.
“I hope y’all know you look like Tweedledum and Tweedledee,” Charlene called to them as they climbed into Stump’s Ford F-150.
“Ready, bro?” Stump…Continue
In the third year of our marriage, which coincidentally was my third year of trying to finish a novel, Rainy said to me, "Get out there and be a breadwinner, you big galoot."
I signed on with a large national restaurant chain to write descriptors for menus, and I was the very first to use the term "farm-fresh" to refer to eggs and "kettle-simmered" to describe soup.
Menu writers toil…Continue
Let's say for a moment that we met on a train crossing Saskatchewan and you brushed past me in one of those narrow passageways with windows that looked out on rushing wheat.
And let's say that you wore a soft grey fedora and I a light blue dress and you said "Pardon me," in a western drawl at the moment the train entered a tunnel.
And then, what if I lost my bearings in the dark and you…Continue
Because the character of religion in the South is more activist than contemplative, Rory and Betty Sloan entered the first of 40 rooms in the new Motel 6 to place Holy Bibles in 40 night tables. It was the mission of the Bethel Evangelical Church of God to aggressively spread the Word, with the blessing of the motel manager, furthering God's work on Earth and adding stars to the crowns the Sloans would wear in Heaven.
There is no accounting for where things will end up after they are sucked aloft by 300 mph winds. Aluminum siding, brick walls, heart pine floors, refrigerators, joists and Ford pickup trucks travel in patterns that seem…Continue
The storm grew in might until it spawned the worst kind of tornado, an F-5 or Finger of God.
In Oak Grove, Alabama, Debra and Tom Jackson were sitting in their living room watching tv when a relative phoned to say 'take cover,' because a twister was about to hit. They ran to their concrete pump house in the back yard just as the town fire engine came crashing through their roof, landing on the sofa where they had been…Continue
A storm was building along the Locust Fork of the Warrior River where Mike and I lived on a small sheltered slough.
Lightning whipcracked a pine tree not 40 yards from where I sat, setting it aflame. But the fire wasn't orange or red; it was green from the turpentine and sap and resins and bark and needles all catching at once.
Then the tree began to whistle as steam escaped from all the tiny holes made over the…