Peevish Pen

Ruminations on reading, writing, rural living, retirement, aging—and sometimes cats. And maybe a border collie or other critters.

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Not long ago, the old F & P Depot in Union Hall looked like this:

A few weeks ago, this was Union Hall:
Now, downtown Union Hall no longer exists. When I returned from Roanoke late Monday afternoon, what had been the old depot (gray building, center) and the old post office (left), and and a newer brick building that has last served as an upholstery shop (right), were piles of rubble. The majestic oaks and pines that separated the depot from the Holland Dudley house were destroyed a couple of weeks ago. This is what remained as of this afternoon:

The old house, now gutted, is scheduled for demolition tomorrow:

The Crow’s Nest Antiques (a former grocery store/gas station) and Pete Pasley’s shop still stand, albeit not for long.

The times, they are a’changin’. So is the landscape.


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