DAKOTA ROSE: and Other stories

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Author House, Oct 21, 2011 - Fiction - 196 pages
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The settings of these 17 stories range from the desert areas of Death Valley, California to the sea coast of the panhandle of Florida. They are about ordinary people who sometimes find themselves in extraordinary situations. From the casinos of Las Vegas, Nevada to the hills of east Tennessee and southern West Virginia, events of mystery and intrigue are common place. i.e. Who would leave a bowling ball in the middle of Death Valley, and why? Do the initials on the ball offer a clue? Readers take a trip to St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia where a mystery unfolds concerning a local painter. Laugh when a citizen of a town in Tennessee sees thieves steal his neighbor’s lawnmower and then chases after and catches them, only to find that the mower has disappeared. In another story the author revisits the town of Clyde, now renamed Low Ball and follows the exploits of the local high school football team, the Purple Possums. Experiencing a colonoscopy is usually not funny - until someone you report to thinks you are someone else, and that other person is scheduled for a hysterectomy. Ride along on a hilarious trip to deliver groceries in the mountains of southern West Virginia. Read letters between two elderly ladies detailing everyday lives and events of people they observe or hear about, and offering homespun philosophy and opinions about those people. Other stories are about an old dog who hates UPS trucks, shirts that you won’t get rid of even though you can almost read a newspaper through them, and a surprise meeting with an old flame.
 

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Contents

Dakota Rose
1
Saint Simons Sojourn
45
Billie
56
Wrong Number
68
Taking Rocky Raccoon For A One Way Ride
71
Old Flame
76
My Colonoscopy??
81
Kentucky Letters
85
Big Red
104
Old Shirts Running And Otherwise
112
Low Ball
116
Amanda Blue
137
Coach
147
Gulfport
161
Delivery Day
176
Copyright

Dump Day
100

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About the author (2011)

Howard Hull grew up in the coal fields of McDowell County, West Virginia. After graduation from Welch High School in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He spent eight years as a weatherman in Europe and the United States, and was honorably discharged in 1958. In 1960 and ’61 he received the B.S. and M.A. degrees in Art and Education from Middle Tennessee State University. In 1965 he received the ED.S. degree from George Peabody College in Art Education. From 1961 through 1963 he taught in the public schools of Tennessee. From 1963 through 1964 he taught at Northwestern Louisiana State University and from 1965 until his retirement in 1999 from the University of Tennessee. He is now a Professor Emeritus of Art Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a painter, college maker, and writer of short stories, books, and articles about education in the arts.

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