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Tales of a Cosmic Possum: From the Appalachia Mountains to the Cotton Mills Paperback – October 14, 2017
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The family stories told in Tales of a Cosmic Possum took me back to my childhood and the many evenings I spent at my grandfather's knee begging for one more family story of hard work, struggle, and living a simple, Christian life with kindness and generosity for those in need. These stories will resonate with you and leave you with a sense of appreciation and nostalgia. --~ Krista L. Newkirk, President, Converse College
The eight women so vividly described by Sheila Ingle knew hardship, but found ways to make a home, earn a living, encourage education, teach values and manners, and most of all instill a sense of self worth and pride in honest work. As I read, I could taste the cornbread and molasses, smell the clean clothes billowing on the clothes line, envision the cherished quilted and tatted keepsakes, and hear the beautiful hymns. Most of all, I could see a ninth woman who was a single mother who worked in the local mill for fifty-two years, took her daughters to church, taught them to value education, good manners and hard work. For I am a daughter of the ninth woman and a daughter of Sheila Ingle's pioneering women and I enjoyed immensely visiting with my kin! --~ Dr. Ann Bowles , Administrator at Spartanburg Methodist College, formerly Textile Industrial Institute
Like her characters who preserved peaches and beans in the summer to be enjoyed in the winter, Sheila Ingle has preserved the stories of her husband's family to be enjoyed now that they re gone. From hardscrabble Tennessee farms to upstate South Carolina mills, the women of this clan kept their heads up and their hands moving, quilting, cooking, and serving hot grits to hungry hoboes. Thanks to these clear-eyed, God-fearing women, their families survived fearsome poverty and a lacking education to endure the diseases and numbing physical labor of textile mills. Once so common, these Tales of a Cosmic Possum are fast becoming more uncommon. You ll want to celebrate them and their heroines again and again. --~ Aïda Rogers, Editor of the anthology series State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love
About the Author
Sheila Ingle has lived in South Carolina all her life. A graduate of Converse College, she taught in local schools and colleges. In her retirement, she has written four books about Revolutionary War heroines in South Carolina. She is a community volunteer, a member of several lineage societies, and a women's Bible study leader.