Today Karen Dove Barr is in the Hot Seat as part of her book tour to promote Wild Times On Skidaway Island. Be sure to leave a comment because Karen is giving away four $25 Walmart gift cards to four randomly picked people during the tour, and also a grand prize of an Apple iPad to one randomly selected person during the tour
I’m currently rereading Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchey. I’ve read it a dozen times but find it comforting and true to life. I’ve read many of Binchey’s other novels but I like this one best.
Currently I’m watching flocks of birds starting their southward migrations. Since I live on the Atlantic flyway, I get to enjoy all kinds of non-local birds, ducks, and geese pass through in spring and fall.
Guilty Pleasure…Texting at red lights. It’s been banned in my state but the lights are sooo long and I’d never get all my messages returned if I waited until I got back to my office where two or three clients will be waiting for me.
Best Advice You Ever Got… When I first started practicing law, the older lawyer teaching me said, “Never be afraid of anybody.” Of course I was terrified of the older, experienced male trial lawyers, which was just what they hoped. Since I had to succeed in my new career I hid my fear; pretended it didn’t exist.
A Country or Town You’d Like to Visit…I’ve never been to continental Europe. My planned visit to France was cancelled because of an international incident in the early 1990s. I hope to go someday.
Highly Recommend You Read This Title…
Stephen King’s On Writing. King can make any subject fascinating. This book is more an autobiography than an English textbook.
Shameless Self Promoting….
Wild Times on Skidaway Island strikes a chord with anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to know more about it. You should find a chuckle or two as well.
Wild Times on Skidaway Island
Wild Times on Skidaway Island, Georgia’s Historic Rain Forest, details life in a unique Audubon-designated, ecologically friendly refuge. There, golfers pitch balls around endangered great blue herons, mama raccoons march their babies across backyard decks where once Guale Indians trapped ancestors of the same raccoons, and residents dodge alligators and rescue snakes.
Even the vegetation is wild. Three hundred-year-old oaks dripping Spanish moss and poison ivy surmount an under-story of wax myrtle and holly. Carolina jasmine, Cherokee roses, and endangered orchids grow wild in the rain forest. The book examines choices residents make when stared down by a bald eagle, when a red-tailed hawk mistakes a golf ball for bird food, when wakened at midnight by deer munching hibiscus. Wild Times on Skidaway Island educates about the species that residents must adapt to on this historic island.
Thickly needled pine branches intertwined with grapevine and poison ivy shaded the maritime forest on the northwestern prong of Skidaway Island as runners trampled fallen needles, seeking firm footing on soft mud paths, like furtive moonshiners from Modena’s past.
Skidaway’s isolation by land but accessibility to knowledgeable navigators of the ever-changing marsh made it a perfect hideout for the manufacture of illegal whiskey even before January 16, 1919, when the Volstead Act transformed moonshining from a money-making side line into a get-rich-quick bonanza. Prohibition began in Savannah in 1908, but by then tax-free alcohol business on Skidaway Island was a long-standing tradition.
Savannah Morning News’ July 21, 1925 edition described Skidaway Island as “a veritable nest of moonshine stills.” The newspaper went on to say “agents swooped down on the salt water region Saturday and destroyed three stills in operation of a capacity of 210 gallons and another across the Island of 125 gallon capacity.”
I bet the revenuers didn’t get them all.