Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Don Crader

The Piano Player – Blog 9

Leora Back (Bach) was born 1912 at the home of her parents near Zalma, Missouri. She was one of eight children, four boys and four girls. Seven of the children graduated 8th grade from Zalma. One brother died at young age a few days after falling into a boiling kettle of lye.

Leora’s parents never owned a motorized vehicle. The farm was four miles from town one way and four miles from Berong Baptist Church the other. They’d all ride on a wagon pulled by a team of horses to both places at least once per week, sometimes more… Continue reading

It’s Not Always What You Think

 

A couple of weeks ago I bought a black suit—it was the first suit I’d purchased in maybe two decades.  I also bought a new white shirt, tie, and dress socks but stopped short of new shoes. I’m funny about shoes, one of those rare people that still get them resoled. The new suit, shirt, tie, and socks were for a special event to which Debbie and I had been invited—or so I thought.

We’d been invited to attend the New York Stock Exchange Congressional Medal of Honor Gala. It would be our first trip to New York.… Continue reading

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