Over the weekend I received the sad news that long time Blind Pig reader Joe Penland passed away on February 22. Over the years Joe was a true source of encouragement to me. He didn’t always comment, but he said he always read what I wrote and appreciated my efforts.
I’d like to share some of Joe’s comments with you as a way to remember and honor him today.
2010 – My mother did something very different with her cornbread. She made it in a cast iron griddle (some call it a spider). It came out thin with a crust on the top and bottom. Boy, that and some butter and homemade strawberry preserves is fantastic!
2011 – Tipper, I have read that in some family cemeteries in the time frame that this one existed, slaves were buried outside the walls. The graves were marked with only a field stone.
2013 – Growing up in Nashville, Tn I always heard them called “butter cups”. Here in E. Tn it is Jonquils.
2014 – I have lived in six states and two countries. I am finally home in East Tn and the mountains and down to earth people.
2014 – Jackie Gleason said the best cure for a toothache was to keep a steady stream of liquor flowing over it.
2015 – Living near the area where Dorie lived I also feel a kinship. I would love to read the whole book.
2015 – Old photos are treasures. I have one of my grandmother, grandfather, and their seven children. They even included the pet goat named Pat in the photo!
2016 – Since I do some crafts (stained glass, basket making, chair caning and seat weaving) it is rewarding to see more of our younger people getting involved in crafts. I can also recognize the time and effort that goes into each piece, both in production and the time it takes to gain the knowledge and skill.
2016 – You and all of your family are in my prayers.
2017 – It has been a long time since I heard “funny book”. That is what they were called in my boyhood. I longed for the microphone you could hook up to the radio and when you pressed the button your voice was broadcast over it. My results with it were the same as David with throwing his voice. My sister wanted to know what I had done to mess up the radio. (For the younger generation, I feel sure you can Google “radio” and find out what it is).
2017 – I wish I had heard more stories from my relatives. I became close to an aunt a few years prior to her death. In conversations with her occasionally she would get a certain look and say “I shall never forget……”. A wonderful story of a happening in her life would follow. How I wish those stories were still available.
2018 – I remember when Foxfire started. (I am sure telling my age!). At one time I had most of the books plus some of the papers that were published. Unfortunately, over the years from moves and being loaned out I am down to two or three copies. These will go to the grandchildren who love to read them. Your interview on WBIR-TV when you were in Knoxville was great.
2018 – Spring arrives on March 20 and so we say the first day of Spring is the 20th. However the first full day of Spring is March 21. My father’s birthday was the 21 so we were reminded of the fact yearly.
RIP Joe Penland. The Blind Pig and The Acorn will miss you.