We've got chainsaw artists. We've got pet psychics. We've got poison ivy, potluck suppers, and old-timers cooking cracker stew.
When I moved to North Carolina in 1998, I fell in love with a tiny town on the banks of the Haw River. The town was called Bynum, and the place became my home.
I had never lived in a town where a neighbor would hand me a tomato as I walked by, where the shopkeeper knew every person by name, or where a glitter-covered reindeer might appear in your front yard while you were away at work.
A web of stories and jokes, history, and silly nicknames was woven among the homes on the hill. I wanted to extend the joy of this community to my friends, so I started to write a letter every month that told of the stories I uncovered.
This book is a collection of these letters. In 120 full-color pages, you hear about the time Roy threatened Santa Caus with a claw hammer, you hear about Miss Mary Council's pies, and you'll discover how stumbling into a nest of ticks might just lead to romance.
Sometimes you want to sit back and have someone tell you a good story. Click on the link below and I will. Even better, the inimitable Brittany Wilson will play some songs she wrote based on "Becoming A Local".
A song about ticks and chiggers? You betcha!
$30, and the shipping is free! If you want to buy a copy of Becoming A Local, you can send me $30 per book in so many ways:
• Mail a check to Emma Skurnick, PO Box 161, Bynum NC 27228.
• Call me at 919-433-6085 and I'll process a credit card payment for you.
• Heck - you can even slip some cash under my doormat. The dogs bark, but they're friendly.