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Family tree

I have spent four days — FOUR DAYS — working out the family tree of Lydia Chin’s Mississippi relations. Its importance to the story means it has to be right but gack it has driven me nuts. I think I’ve finally got it. In its reduced form (a number of branches that don’t make it into the story have been left out) here it is. Now I can get back to writing the damn thing.

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Way down south in the land of cotton

Just got back from a trip behind the Magnolia Curtain.  Thought you might enjoy some photos while you finish baking that plum pudding.  Which I had in Mississippi, and it was delicious.  Along with the catfish tacos and the breakfast kibbee and grits.

 

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Me on the Mighty Mississipp.

 

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Cotton is King, even off-season.

 

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Went to research the Delta Chinese community for a new Lydia Chin/Bill Smith book.

 

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Cotton snowperson in Cleveland, MS.

 

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Baptism mural in Helena, Arkansas.  Lunching in Helena knocked one more off the list of states I’ve never been in.  Down to 4!

 

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The Archangel Michael, though his sword looks like a tie, from a Charles Eames church in Helena.

 

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All is not sweetness and light in Helena, however.

 

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My little cabin away from home, in Clarksdale, MS.

 

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My cabin on left, with the back porch of the Big House on right and the plantation owner, Eric Stone.

 

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Rufous-sided towhee in Eric’s shrubs.

 

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Terra cotta in Helena.  The spirit of Prosperity.  A touch ironic.

 

I’d say I’m embarrassed by this

…but I’m not.  I totally love it!

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