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What happened to the hot days of summer?

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Three-year-old Jaxson Fleming, son of Teddy Neal and Lisa Fleming of Neon, played his guitar at the Labor Day celebration held at the Letcher County Coal Miners Memorial.

Three-year-old Jaxson Fleming, son of Teddy Neal and Lisa Fleming of Neon, played his guitar at the Labor Day celebration held at the Letcher County Coal Miners Memorial.

Hello everyone!

Okay, what happened to those good old hot days of summer? Here I go griping, but oh how I dread the cold winter when even the faintest chill in the air freezes me.

How come the leaves can’t put on their beautiful dresses and it still be warm weather? I guess that would be like asking why the snow can’t fall in hot weather.

First off, I want to apologize for the short, blunt column last week, but after I sent it I realized I hadn’t even completed it. There’s so much going on in my own little world I’ve almost totally lost the feeling of what is important to me.

Monday night, I went to Hamilton, to see Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers. I met up with several friends and had a very relaxing evening.

Friday night, Daphne Bradley and I ventured to Connersville, Ind., as Ma Crow & The Lady Slippers had their first appearance there. Their first but not the last, as they are booked on Nov. 8, too.

Hayward and Kim Day were the first people I saw. Kim sure looks like her mother Vivian, doesn’t she, Hayward?

There was a small group of dancers, and yes, I joined in on the fun. Some guy was kind enough to ask me to slow dance, and I guess he thought he may as well danced with a piece of furniture as I was as stiff as a board. At least I didn’t step on his toes.

Ann Calihan has finally started to improve a little, and her voice is so much stronger. It is wonderful to talk to her again. Johnny is doing great, too.

Gwen Huff Farmer needs prayers from everyone as she is in the hospital in critical condition. I talked to Gwen just a couple of days before she had to admitted to the hospital.

Forester Hogg, who is originally from the Kingscreek, Roxana area, has published a book called ‘Roxana.’ Forester now lives in Henderson. If all goes as planned, Forester will be at Letcher County Picnic that I host each year.

I am looking forward to meeting Forester and reading his book. He will be having his books for sale and will be autographing them. It really makes me proud to know someone who has done so well for themselves.

While chatting with Forester he mentioned his aunt Gladys Hogg. Oh did the memories come cascading through. I’ve never had the pleasure to meet Gladys, though she has ties to my family from many years ago as she knew my greatgrandparents, Will and Nance Coots, ‘Ma Coots’ from Big Branch.

Gladys also helped make the coffin that my Grandpa Alec Hall was buried in. Gladys remembered the night I was born as Grandpa Hall died the same night.

My life has intertwined with Gladys and the Calihans forever or so it seems.

Green Calihan, thanks for all your help. It’s not every guy that I can call and ask, “How much money do you have?”

There’s another man, David Brown from the Neon area, who has published several books also. David writes under the name of D.W. Brown. One of his books is called ‘Unconscious Lies.’

Then of course you can still order ‘The Beauty of a Rose’ from little old me, for those who don’t have a copy and would like to have one. I wish I was as smart as the guys and knew how to get someone to publish my book instead of paying for it myself.

I talked to Doyle and Betty Ison, and Betty is still having some problems with her knee so she may be getting another knee replacement before long.

Les and Pat Wagner, along with Larry and Becky Hasty, are all doing well.

I met a cousin of Les at Connersville Bluegrass, Lettie Wagner Blair, who is the wife of Wayne Blair. I had met Wayne at The Harvest Time Restaurant a few years ago. I tell you the Wagners are everywhere, and I enjoy meeting each one.

Lettie is a sister to Don Wagner. I met Don last year at Les and Pat’s anniversary party.

Hello to my almost new readers, James and John Ison. Maybe some day I will have the pleasure of meeting the two of you.

Bessie Shepherd, if I make it in for Blackey Days, I hope to see you.

My brother Jerry Hall has undergone some major surgery. I wasn’t able to make the trip. I want to thank the nurses at Whitesburg Hospital for being so nice and keeping me informed on Jerry’s condition.

Mattie is always wonderful as she stays with Jerry at the hospital. Mattie said several from their church were with her during Jerry’s surgery.

Since it had been a very short time since I had the stents put in, I was afraid to try to make the trip.

Remember, Letcher County Picnic, Harrison Community Center, 300 George St., Harrison, Ohio 45030, Sept. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. Bring a covered dish and beverage and if you are a musician, please bring your instruments

Gary Eldridge, please bring your mother Glenora along with your instruments, plus a few of your CDs.

Well, I better get this on its way for as usual I am running behind time

Rose Ballard, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email: Bluegrassmama4@aol.com, telephone: 513-367-4682.


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