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The Sweetness of Chess Pie

November 27th, 2011 | Blog, David Bates, Musings/Reminiscences, Recipes | 5 Comments


Chess Pie

Chess Pie

I have every intention of having this blog be about books and writing, but sometimes I stray.  Today is one of those days, because I want to give you my recipe for Chess Pie.

Chess Pie is an old Southern recipe.  My South Carolina father loved a chess pie, untouched as he was by any health food considerations.  He lived in an era before cholesterol, or at least before we knew the word, and he died at home at 87 of a heart attack.  A good way to go.   My main memory of chess pie was when … Read More

David Bates’ Death

July 4th, 2011 | Blog, David Bates | 1 Comment


Granny Burrell Falls, Panthertown Valley

I want to thank those who emailed condolences about my cousin’s death.  I really appreciate your sympathy and understanding.

My thoughts have been much with my sister-in-law, Brenda, who is amazing even as she lives through this nightmare of losing her husband of forty years.  She and relatives and friends who came to Glenville to be with her had a service to purify the place where David died.   I was moved to tears when she told me she invited the man who felled the tree that killed David to come and be part of … Read More

A Sudden Death

June 29th, 2011 | Blog, David Bates | 6 Comments

North Carolina Mountains


My cousin David Bates was killed yesterday, June 28, 2011.

When I opened my emails this morning there was one from his email address, only the subject said, “Paulette, this is Brenda…”  I didn’t even pause to think about that, but when I opened it she apologized for telling me in an email.

“There has been a terrible accident and David is gone.”

The words so flat.  Yet containing so much.

It was after midnight there in Glenville, North Carolina when she was emailing to tell me.  I could feel her shock and bewilderment.  All she … Read More