From Earnest Wilson . . . in collaboration with Paul Wilson, Beverly Wilson &
My daddy (called "Cap" in later years 'cause he always wore one - and probably why I have so many) used to have some very "interesting" exchanges with my Mother whenever the "Grampa Handy killed a deer with his bare hands" story came up (or he brought up). He always teasingly (and quite colorfully) claimed that the deer was probably just a little doe that had unfortunately wandered away from its mother and into the fields where Grampa was working. Cap also consistently joked and would often wager that there was probably something in those "bare hands".....like a big rock or a tree limb!
As an early teen, I used to re-tell Grampa's story to my friends (who always had what I would later call that "one raised eyebrow look" on their faces). Cap's PG-13 version may have been contrived and short on credibility.....but it always got the most laughs!
Daddy Yo also said that his papa and Uncle Long Arm were out hunting for food. They ran out of bullets so they had to use their bare hands. They ran upon the first deer and his papa took him out with his fist. Then they came across a second one that had big antlers. And, this one ran both of them up a tree, cause he was not having nobody take him out for supper.
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Isabella: The Belle of Ironwood
by Andrea Wren The author’s debut novel centers around fifteen-year-old Isabella, who knows her life will change when she leaves the comfort of her French Caribbean island home for Louisiana. But an unexpected turn of events lands her in the heart of the Deep South during the slavery era.
From the back alleys of New Orleans to the bayous of sugarcane plantations, Isabella struggles with the darker side of human nature and the heartbreak of the Civil War. Yet over the years she forges friendship from hardship, experiences the joys of love and family, and finds her calling. Can anyone ultimately lift a generations-long curse and forgive those responsible for Isabella’s suffering?
Through surprising twists and turns, Isabella: The Belle of Ironwood explores ideas of freedom and bondage and offers an interesting perspective on America during the nation’s most tumultuous time.
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A Synopsis of the name "Elihu"
What's In A Name? From Andrea Wren Smith
Elihu is the name of several characters in the Old Testament, including one of the comforters of Job. Elihu is masculine in gender. It means "my God is YAHWEH" in Hebrew. In Job, Elihu discusses divine providence, which he insists are full of wisdom and mercy, that the righteous have their share of prosperity in this life, that God is supreme and that it becomes us to acknowledge and submit to that supremacy since "the Creator wisely rules the world he made."
The Turkish derivative of "Handy" is "Hande", and it means "to smile".
Elmore can be broken into two parts: "El" a Semitic word meaning "God" perhaps originally derived from a root meaning "power". It is masculine in gender and is used in Near Eastern culture. It was used by the Hebrews to refer to Yahweh. And "More" or the Hebrew derivative "Maor"; pronunciation is the same. In Hebrew, the word "maor" means "light".