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Emmett’s Niece, Lalla Wilson

After yesterday’s post, I couldn’t just leave Max and his branch of the Wilson clan dangling there on the family tree, unexplored. So, I decided to dig around today. As mentioned, Max and his wife Belle Fannin Wilson had 11 children — but more accurately, they had 12, with 11 […]

Cold Facts

All together, we have about 30 inches of snow on the ground at my house. My husband has dug a path down the driveway to the street … which probably won’t be shoveled by the county until Wednesday. I’m not going anywhere for a few days. Thankfully, we have plenty […]

Better Than Scrapbooks

OK. So, you know I went to Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday to visit Katie Wilson Meade’s granddaughter, Elizabeth. It was a great visit. I promise to give you the details about what it was like, but I need to get something out of the way, off my chest first. It’s big. […]

The Gift You Need

As promised, an update: I reached out to Katie Wilson Meade’s granddaughter Tuesday morning. She responded within a few hours — positively — and is willing to share information and (get this): Photos! Of! Emmett! Wilson! Photos that (in all probability) are those I have not seen! Maybe he’s smiling […]


I am breathing a huge sigh of relief, as I have just submitted the final grades for my last class of 2015. Don’t get me wrong. I love being a teacher. I love the interaction with students; I enjoy helping them become better writers. But this turned out to be […]

Dialogue & Voices

They’ve been chatty this weekend, Emmett and his sister, Katie Wilson Meade. Two days in the writing cave, and 37 pages. It’s a very rough draft, but it means a few important scenes are roughed in. Editing will happen later. What I wanted to accomplish this weekend was to get […]

Circle of Family: Dora Wilson Smith

Emmett had two sisters: Eudora Neely Wilson Smith, and Catherine Elizabeth Wilson Meade. They went by “Dora” and “Katie.” I’ve introduced you to Katie Wilson Meade already; Emmett was very close to Katie, who was born in British Honduras about five years before Emmett and Julian. Even after two years […]

One Year in the Blogosphere

It’s Go For Broke Day! It’s also the first anniversary of Emmett’s book blog, “Tell My Story”! One year ago, I was thinking about how to get motivated towards writing Emmett’s book. I’d been in the data/information gathering mode for almost a year. I was feeling antsy. I wanted to […]

Bluemont, Virginia

This is a great story, folks. Last night, I had a message from “Tell My Story” reader Mark, who said: “Some years ago, I found (in a box of stuff at a Mt Vernon auction) a small B&W photo of a woman working in her flower garden. On the back […]