Book Review: Barefoot to Avalon by David Payne (North Carolina Author)

Month: August 2015

Book Review: Barefoot to Avalon by David Payne (North Carolina Author)

Barefoot to Avalon, a Brother’s Story, is David Payne’s sixth published book and memoir that is insightful, raw, and gut-wrenching. It’s the story of an unconventional childhood and a dysfunctional family whelmed by tragedy. Barefoot to Avalon focuses on the violent death of David’s brother, George A., and the years and moments leading up to the horrific accident—a familial thread of resentment and feelings not communicated. Feelings not spoken just hours before George A.’s death, which David witnessed. Their father pitted the two against one another since childhood, while their mother did nothing to mitigate. David’s brother lived with mental

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My Dog Has Cropped Ears

Let me elaborate. My dog, Grace, has cropped ears because that is the condition in which she arrived at the shelter. And, sadly, her cropped ears were not the only barbarity she survived. The incredible team at the Wake County Animal Center showed her what kindness looks like and got her healthy enough so that I could adopt her. These folks know what they are doing, and I am eternally grateful to them. No, I would never have my dog’s ears cropped. In fact, anyone who knows me would scoff at the insinuation. Grace is treated with love and a tender heart. The worst she

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The Dog Ate My Sofa and How I Made it Look New Again

We had a little mishap at Chez Grace and Kelly this week. Grace has been free-ranging for about a month and has done well sans crate. I typically find her curled up on the sofa or on her blanket when I get home from work, and the worst she has done is scratch crop circle designs into the carpet. I think she’s trying to fluff up a good spot to lie down, but honestly, who really knows? The free-range gig was going great until I forgot to put her ball away one morning. I was concerned she might chew it into bits and

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