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About Don Miller
Don Miller is a retired high school social studies and science teacher and coach. Many of his students, players, and peers have found themselves the subject of his stories, along with his family, friends, and the unsuspecting, and in some cases unknown, folks he has encountered in life. Don’s stories reflect both his Southern and rural roots along with a career in education and athletics.
Don is married to the former Linda Gail Porter,-Miller, also a retired teacher and coach and much to her chagrin, the subject of many of Don’s stories. They live in the Dark Corner area of upstate South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and share a ninety-acre wildlife preserve and farm with whatever animal or reptile happens by.
Don and Linda Gail have a daughter, Ashley Miller Childress, and a son-in-law, Justin, along with two grandchildren, Miller Kate, Nolan Samuel.
Titles By Don Miller
If you are looking for a book about winning streaks or championship seasons this is not the book. While there are some stories about championship teams, his book is mainly about championship people. Forty one years of coaching and teaching yielded victories, both on the athletic field and in the classroom, but more importantly those years yielded many lifelong relationships with players, students and peers. These stories focus on relationships along with encounters that teachers and coaches confront eyeball to eyeball everyday. Some stories are also about the odd characters that we sometimes encounter as we go about the job we were called to do. Whether they were coaching or teaching colleagues, students and players, opponents or officials, most were or continue to be significant and important contributors to the communities where they live. Few are famous outside of their schools, districts or state where they served or performed. Most coached, taught or played the game not only for the accolades they received, but for the competition, the opportunity to serve and the friendships that developed. Sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous, these stories are about the people who impacted my life. They are the ones who wrote the stories and allowed me to share them with you.
When I began to blog I was mad, as in angry. Dylan Roof had turned our state on its head, murdering nine church worshippers who didn’t look like him in the name of white supremacy. Our governor and legislative assembly promptly lit a firestorm over the needed removal of the Confederate Flag from our state house grounds. I was angry because of what I believed to be misplaced divisiveness over our Southern heritage as opposed to our racial hate. Neither side of the argument seemed willing to concede the other might have a point. Consequently, I decided on “Ravings of a Mad Southerner” as the title for my blog.
No matter. The flag is now gone, if not forgotten, and not a moment too soon in my way of thinking. Dylan Roof has been sentenced to die and I’m no longer angry about the divisiveness over the flag because that divisiveness has been replaced by a nationwide derisiveness over our new president.
As you are aware, mad can be defined as anger but also as mental illness or craziness or having enthusiasm for someone or something as in “I am mad about my wife Linda Gail or a big ole plate of shrimp and grits.” My madness and enthusiasm has taken over my anger and I have written about my wife, childhood, family, Southern paradoxes, food, friends, enemies, battles with my depression and “things that bother me so” such as my colonoscopy. I have blogged in anger over politics, bigotry and racism but will attempt to keep them to a minimum. I have decided to include many of my posts in a collection entitled “Musings of a Mad Southerner.” Unlike my blog, I will attempt to group them with rhyme and reason but can’t really guarantee I will be successful. Sometimes random rules my day and my madness. Yeah…random it is.
These are short stories and essays about life. Some humorous, some reflective, all from the perspective of one of the rarest animals, a Southern liberal. Stories of life in the foothills of the Southern Blue Ridge, history, politics, race, religion, and religion’s close Southern cousin, football. And food…too much is written about an obsession with barbeque. That’s a lie. One can never write too much about barbeque.
Don Miller is a Southern paradox, sometimes an anomaly it might seem. He is a liberal leaning rebel despite Southern roots as deep as those of the kudzu plants eating the Southern countryside.
Cornfields…in My Mind are stories of subtle inspiration, motivation, humor, depression and injury, lost youth and of memories as rich as Folly Island shrimp and grits. They are all stories of hope.
Cornfields…in My Mind is NOT a memoir despite stories about the author and Miller is at his best poking fun at himself.
Adapted and rewritten from Miller’s blog, Ravings of a Mad Southerner, invest a little time and spend an enjoyable evening with Cornfields…in My Mind. You won’t be disappointed.
This is a recollection of growing up rural and Southern during the Fifties and Sixties but with an eye on the present.