Thursday, March 28, 2013

Terry Kay, A Great Southern Writer

The first book I read by Terry Kay was "To Dance with the White Dog" (1990). 

I am just in awe at the author's telling of this story. I felt the emotions when Sam Peck lost his wife of 50 years. I understood the worry of Sam's children for their father and what a difficult struggle he was likely to have losing his love and life companion, Cora. I felt their concern when Sam begins to see a mysterious white dog that is never around when they are there. A great author like Terry Kay really puts you there... in the story.

I finished "To Dance with the White Dog" on a plane sitting next to my husband on our way to a ski vacation.  As I finished the last few pages, I could not hold back the tears. After I closed the back cover,

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mark Twain Quiz

This is a 10 question quiz to test your knowledge of Mark Twain characters.  Please post a comment to let us know if you would like to see more tests like this. We'd love to hear your suggestions.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Real Huck Finn??

For as long as I can recall, it has been my understanding that the real inspiration for Mark Twain’s character, Huckleberry Finn, was a childhood companion by the name of Tom Blankenship.  Yes, I have read that in an 1885 interview Twain stated that Huck Finn was not based on any one person, but was a composite of several.  However, in Mark Twain’s Autobiography Twain said, “In Huckleberry Finn I have drawn Tom Blankenship exactly as he was.  He was ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had.”  Tom Blankenship has long been stored in my mind as the real Huck Finn.
Recently I obtained a stack of old papers related to Mark Twain – a couple of advertising pamphlets, some clipped magazine ads, and some clipped newspaper articles.  One of the articles was titled “Huckleberry” Finn is Oregon Fisherman Now.  I read the article and was somewhat confounded.  According to this the real Huckleberry Finn was a man named