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Revisiting Paradise

There’s something about this place that affects people, even people who didn’t grow up there or have family from there. Just his week, I received this message from someone who saw my blog entries about Paradise, Katie, and Estel. Here’s what John wrote: Tanya,  As a young man in the 1970s, John Prine’s song sparked… Continue reading Revisiting Paradise

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Finding Katie, A Graveyard in Paradise, Part 4

The graves were in every sort of condition. Some were broken; some were flat and sunken into the earth. Standing among the front line of stones, I surveyed the cemetery, so overtaken with weeds that most of the markers weren’t visible at all. I knew from the photos I’d seen online that Katie and Estel’s… Continue reading Finding Katie, A Graveyard in Paradise, Part 4

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Such a Sadness, A Graveyard in Paradise, Part 3

Aunt Sue and I slowly headed down the gravel road, the stones crunching under the tires and dust drifting behind us. We followed the path the men had described, but even with that we got lost. All the terrain looked the same—orange, terraced, and mostly barren. Tenacious weeds and grass grew in the gullies where… Continue reading Such a Sadness, A Graveyard in Paradise, Part 3

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A Graveyard in Paradise

I’ve reached the age when I’m curious about my genealogy. I wish I’d felt this way before my mother and grandmother passed away, both in 2006, because I have so many questions that they might be able to answer. But my Aunt Sue has become my co-historian—and we have been busy and surprised by what… Continue reading A Graveyard in Paradise