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Lisa Kelley

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Commentary: What makes you country?

From milk glass to quilts, country a fine condition

Subscriber only"Whatcha gonna write about in your column this week?" my galpals prodded me this weekend as they took me on lovely outings here and yonder for my birthday. "You gonna write about turning another year older?" Continue reading...

My roots are showing: Wishes for another life

I'd like to tell you a story that was once told to me Continue reading...

My Roots Are Showing: Families, Furniture And Faith

I garnered enough material from my holidays spent in Georgia and South Carolina with Southern Gent to fill my column with stories clear to next Christmas. Continue reading...

Commentary: Nobody Gets To Live Life Backward

Subscriber only"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all." Continue reading...

My Roots Are Showing: Knowing People Isn't Easy

Subscriber onlyWe have a lot of phrases in the South to describe a person. Continue reading...

Commentary: What's Cooking Beyond The Green Dish?

Subscriber onlyAs I nestled into my newly downsized life this year, I found it isn't necessarily simple to live simply. Continue reading...

My Roots Are Showing: Halloween A Chance To Find Youthful Joy

Subscriber onlyIt was a dark and stormy night. The year was 1977. I was anxious, as I'd never done anything like this before. I steadied my feet, drew a deep breath and stretched my hand toward the door. Continue reading...

My Roots Are Showing: Venturing Into A Hare-Raising Experience

Subscriber only"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out ... [b]ut these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." Continue reading...

Commentary: Worming Out Of Reading Instructions

Subscriber onlyAbout 12 years ago, I shook hands with a lovely woman on the sidewalk of Main Street, Bentonville, USA, sealing the deal for the purchase of a pint-sized, nondescript building in need of TLC. Continue reading...

My Roots Are Showing: Life Delivers The Unpredictable

Subscriber onlySamuel Clemens once admitted "I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told." Continue reading...

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