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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.

The amount of work is the same.

~ Carlos Castaneda

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December 2009 - Snow Storm - Boone, NC - Updated 1/5/2010
Clothes Lines from 75 Western North Carolina Women Writers -Updated 1/5/2010
Harley Doodle Barley - Updated 1/5/2010
May '07 Vacation - Ocean City, MD
May '09 Vacation - Topsail, Island, NC  - Updated 1/5/2010
Blogging about Bouchercon 2009 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Updated 1/5/2010
Blogging about Bouchercon 2008 - Baltimore, Maryland - Updated 1/5/2010


I hope you'll visit my blog

Meanderings and Muses


Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.




Like This!!


Meet my little family -

Me and Donald and Harley


One of my very favorite things to do - Hanging out with my Donald

"A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it." -- Anonymous


Come see Our little house in the mountains


"I prayed for this: a little piece of land where I could garden, an ever-flowing spring close by, and a small patch of woods above the house. The gods gave all I asked and more.

        I pray for nothing more but that these blessings last my life’s full term."



"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
     - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.





May 11, 1986

was a happy day

Click here for more pictures from The Wedding

"To get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with." ~ Mark Twain



Here's the little fella who rules the roost

Click here to meet Harley Doodle Barley

"I love a dog.  He does nothing for political reasons."  ~Will Rogers



Some old family photos -

My Paternal Great Grandmother - Rebecca Raysor Wilkinson


My Paternal Great Grandfather - Samuel Street


"Grandchildren don't stay young forever, which is good because Pop-pops have only so many horsey rides in them."  ~Gene Perret

My Grandparents - Irvin Wilkinson (Pop-Pop) and first wife Laura Mae Street Wilkinson


"A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold."    ~        Ogden Nash

The Wilkinson Family

Laura and Irvin Wilkinson


(1)Lewis Webster, (2)Irvin Fulmer, (3)Albert Leroy, (4)Ethel May, (5)Alan Willard, (6)Irvin Webster, (7)Mary Isabelle, (8)Laura Mae


Laura Mae Street Wilkinson


(see the pin Laura's wearing.  I'm now the very proud caretaker)



Great Aunt Sadie (great hat!), unknown person, Laura Mae Street Wilkinson, Pop-Pop Wilkinson, unknown children, Great Grandfather Samuel Street


Pop-Pop and second wife Lura Wilkinson



My Dad - Alan Willard Wilkinson  -

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."

Clarence B. Kelland

"It's sad when our daddies die.  It makes one less person inside."

Pamela Ribon.


Laura Mae, Dad and Aunt Belle


In Burma


Dad, Uncle Lewis, Uncle Irv and Uncle Ed


Uncle Irv, Uncle Roy, Aunt Belle, Dad, Pop-Pop and Uncle Lewis


Uncle Irv, Uncle Roy, Uncle Lewis, Pop-Pop and Dad  - 1947


Pop-Pop's 90th birthday (July 18, 1965)

In front - Aunt Belle, Dad

In back - Uncle Lewis, Pop-Pop, Uncle Irv, Uncle Roy, Aunt Ethel, Uncle Ed


Click here for more wonderful old pictures of The Wilkinson Family - Aunts, Uncles, Cousins


"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." ~

       George Bernard Shaw



My Mom - Mary Hazel Messick Wilkinson

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power."

Maya Angelou

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." ~

                               Washington Irving



and here I am making a grand entrance



Mother - May 11, 1986


Mother - Seaside, FL  1988


Click here to meet some of Mother's family


me and mom and dad

Click here for some pictures of me Hanging Out with Mom & Dad

"You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back."  ~William D. Tammeus



Me and cars



Donald Scott Barley


Click here to see Donald as the cutest little boy on God's green earth and meet the rest of the Barley Family

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." ~

     George Santayana



Karen Adams Talbott

Click here for some fun with Women Wearing Tiaras,

cause girls really do just want to have fun.

"Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things."  ~Author Unknown



Click here to meet some very Special People who have known me my entire life - Maryland Buddies - dedicated to the Class of '66

"Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends."  ~Virginia Woolf



Cambridge Creek

For more wonderful pictures like this click - http://www.baydreaming.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/100/sort/1/cat/507


Click here to see scenes from Old Cambridge

"The nice thing about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you're doing, someone else does." ~ Unknown



Click here for one of my favorite spots - Ocean City, MD

"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.  One should lie empty, open, choiceless at a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea." -

          Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Click here for pictures of our May '07 Vacation

Too much work, and no vacation,
Deserves at least a small libation.
So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses,
Work's the curse of the drinking classes.
~Oscar Wilde


Click here to meet some more very Special People

“The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.” ~Unknown~



Click here for A Few of My Favorite Writers and fun book sites

"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier".

Kathleen Norris.

"A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you."

Daniel J. Boorstein

Me and Margaret Maron

Author's Note from "High Country Fall," August, 2004.  "I am a flatlander, born and bred, so there is no way I could have sent Deborah Knott to the mountains of North Carolina without the gracious help of many people.  I am particularly grateful to Hariette Buchanan, P. M. Sharpe, Celeste and Johnny Blankenship, and especially Kaye Barley, who not only brought key newspaper articles to my attention, but also gave me a grand tour of her part of Appalachia and answered a hundred e-mail questions."  Margaret Maron   http://www.margaretmaron.com/



Meet the Appalachian State University Philosophy and Religion department folks I work with

"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water."  ~  John W. Gardner


I. G. Greer Hall

Appalachian State University





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