• Jacqueline Gum

    Oh No! Having root in West Virginia, this story made me chuckle. My father went to school in a one room school house, and my grandfather made hootch way back in the woods. I used to hear murmurs of the revenuers, but no one in my family ever got caught!

    • Hi Jacqueline, That is cool, I lived in W>VA> for many years. Where about is your dad’s family from? It was a fun memory for me all around. Part 2 will explain why. 🙂

      • Jacqueline Gum

        Salem…Doddridge County. Home of Salem College, where my dad graduated at age 16. He went on to Pitt to get his masters. He’s buried near the family farm there. The college is now owned by a Japanese firm. Last time I was there, it was so odd to see all these orientals walking around town! Laugh!

        • Salem is a really pretty town. It’ll bet it is interesting to see that and in W.VA,. no less.

  • In my youth, I remember my aunties used to make fabulous wine from all sorts of things: pumpkin, strawberries, sloe berries. The best part was I used to get to try some every now and again even as a young lad!

    • Thanks Tim, I bet that was fun for you as a kid. Wine made from different fruits can be quite good. Sweet enough that a kid would enjoy it. 🙂

  • Great story! Made me laugh a little bit. Nothing wrong with a little homemade stuff! Great voice. Love listening to your stories while I am getting work done. Will be back for the rest 🙂

    • Hi Chris & Angel, That pleases me greatly that enjoyed my simple story. You’re right, homemade can be pretty awesome… LOL.

  • Dan Meyers

    Wow, what a great way for a four year old to learn about the world!! Haha, I’m sure a kid growing up in California these days wouldn’t see 1/10th of what you saw. Looking forward to the rest of the story 🙂

    • LOL… indeed it was Dan. Having lived in many different places, it does give one varied and interesting experiences. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    This is a great story! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together. 🙂

    • Thanks my friend. It is posted for Tuesday next week. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Haha, all kinds of stuff transpires up in the hills no matter what part of the country one is in. Every time I visited my cousin in TN in recent years she always has to get out the moonshine…

    • Any remote area does lend itself to some interesting entrepreneurs for sure Jeri. :-). Moonshine is certainly and interesting substance… LOL.

  • Oh yes; very good story for sure Susan. Nice break in my day to find this one! Will catch up to learn the rest. Hiccup. Teehee.

    • Thanks Patricia. It was a fun one to remember and write about. I am interested in what you think with part 2. 🙂

  • Loved the story Susan and must admit it wasn’t until the end that i thought it was about moonshine. Must have been quite an experience for you growing up in the area.

    • As a kid, you never really thought about it as interesting Susan. That thought didn’t happen until much later… LOL.

  • Mark Brody

    Great story!! I am very interested to see/hear the second part!
    Thank you for sharing!!

    • Thanks Mark, I am so pleased you enjoyed my story/podcast. On to part 2. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    Great story Susan! I have my suspiciouns about what all the noise was about so looking forward to learning more. 🙂

    Can’t wait for the new book!

    • Thanks Debra, I will be interested to see if you figured it out. The book is in the proof stages right now. Once that’s done, I will set the pub date. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

  • Broadcasting Sunny

    I think I know – Great story. So I gotta ask, are these stories from your childhood. I always assumed it was but I was surprised by the one room schoolhouse. I suppose some parts of the country have it. Now I’m curious where you grew up?

    • Hi Joanne, There are very few one room schoolhouses left these days. When I was younger there were more. It was cheaper to run them then to bus the kids to the local schools at that time. Sadly, a few years later the school was closed and the kids were bused.

      We lived a in few places when I was a very young. At that time, we were very near the Smokey Mountains. 🙂

  • Ok you really peaked my interest, can’t wait until part tow. I am assuming it is moonshine, but with all your life’s experiences it could be anything. You have had the most interesting life, which makes the reader wanting more.

    • Hi Arleen, Thanks so much for that. Who knows, you just amy be right. :-). My husband has said the same thing. Of course he fully admits he has added to my life’s adventures. 🙂

  • Glynis Jolly

    Now you have my curiosity going full blast. Where did all of this happen?

    • Hi Glynis, Woo Hoo, that is cool. Then I have succeeded. It was at the foothills of the Smokey Mountians

  • I really want to hear the second part 😉

    Your story has brought back some childhood memories (especially, from school and stuff – Schools in India were different. Here in US, I feel like I am going to work or something – school/college is kind of boring).

    • Hi Jeevan, The second part will be posted on Tuesday. :-). I cna see that, I bet the difference between India and here is quite striking. 🙂

  • I was also going to ask if it was a true story. I was picturing Grandma Moses’ paintings. Your illustrations brought the story even more to life. When can we expect Part !?

    • Hi Suzanne, Yep it all true. I had a pretty interesting childhood with educators as parents, absent minded professors of a sort. They believed in giving us every opportunity to experience life. I had always hoped that the illustrations added to my (true) stories. Part 2 is scheduled for this coming Tuesday. 🙂

  • Oh what a story Susan one of your best if you ask me which you didn’t.

  • Adrienne

    Oh man, why did you have to break that one up. I want to hear part two although I’m going to guess it’s moonshine.. My Dad was raised in the country and road a horse to school so I know what took place around those parts for good money, and fun too!

    Thanks Susan and I’ll be back!


    • Hi Adrienne, You may be right. Part 2 is coming our on tuesday so you’ll have to check it out to see if you’re right. :-))). That’s cool about your Dad. The country and the mountains can offer some great experiences and adventures for any kids. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    Very nice, they fought the law and the law won.

    • Hee, hee it would appear so Jon. Part will tell the whole story. 🙂

  • Wonderful story, Susan. I also guessed (before I read the comments) that they were making moonshine. Won’t we all be surprised if that’s not the case!

    • Thanks Jeannette, It was a fun experience at the time. Part 2 will reveal to whole story so stay tuned for my Tuesday post. 🙂

  • You do tell a good story, Susan. Look forward to Part II. I’m reading the comments about moonshiners in rural life, and I remember hearing from my mother that my grandfather or some other relative made some kind of alcohol in the tub in New York City.

    • Thanks Leora, Your kind words made my day. Aw, bathtub gin, much like moonshine was pretty popular back in the day. I bet your grandfather and relatives could tell soon interesting stories themselves. :)))

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