In times past if a woman found herself suddenly on her ownthere were very few options for her to make her way in the world. Widowhood abandonment and other circumstances often forced women to turn to one of the only respectable avenues of income available to them - opening a boarding house. In this unique volume Alice Sink and Nickie Doyal tell the stories of resourceful women across North Carolina who opened their homes to strangers out of necessity and in the process created a kind of family for peoplewho were of no blood relations. Featuring boarding houses from the colonial period through modern times stretching across the entire state it’s North Carolina history from a new and different perspective Illustrated with great pictures and recipes that would have graced the boarding house table.
By: Alice E Sink
Not only are picture postcards as common in seaside shops as beach balls and seaside rock vintage picture postcards are also popular collectibles.
This unique book features authentic antique postcards illustrating the diversity of women. A true historical accolade of each woman accompanies her picture.
Any scrawled written messages complete with the writer’s original punctuation grammar and spelling are included. When available specific dates are given.
This volume includes women of different nationalities ethnic groups and races. Their lives were all different however they are joined in sisterhood by their individual and collective diversities.
Fleeing From The Devil Escape to Hilton Head Island
By: Alice E Sink
Frannie Cline’s mother has died. And Frannie’s father is growing increasingly abusive towards the child. Her maternal grandmother who is gravely concerned about the girl’s welfare orchestrates a daring and unusual escape for her to flee her vicious father.
Shortly after Frannie’s arrival at her new home in Georgia Granny Taylor travels to a far location to live with her sister leaving Frannie with attorney Hal Lomax and his friend Sam. Frannie adjusts and blossoms until the attorney learns her father is on her trail again. Their solution is for them all to move to desolate and underdeveloped Hilton Head Island where—in that summer of 1953—the men are closely involved in the development of the remote southern end of the island.
Soon mysterious events endanger Frannie once again then abruptly they cease. Her life returns to normal until at the age of nineteen she accompanies her freshman class from the University of South Carolina on a Latin Club weekend get-away at Fripp Island. Once again her life is threatened.
By: Alice E Sink
This story begins in Mount Olivia North Carolina on young Grace Lane Miller’s birthday. Her second cousin Thomas Riley a tobacco tycoon 30 years her senior gives her a gold necklace and pledges that one day she will be his wife. Thus begins a romantic life of this couple. After Grace’s graduation from college she moves to Weston Ridge to become Thomas’ secretary at the T. R. Riley Tobacco Company. Grace’s marriage to Mr. Riley their European honeymoon and her subsequent settling “at home” on Elm Street in Weston Ridge portray their love and devotion to one another. As one of the South’s earliest feminists Grace influences many of the early T. R. Riley Tobacco Company policies at the turn of the century convincing her husband to shorten the work week start a nursery for employees’ children and provide a company cafeteria medical clinic and water fountains for both white and black workers. Giving birth to four children does not deter her from spearheading various social reforms. With her husband’s blessings and moral support she personally supervises the building of the family’s Rilea Village. One of the first progressive farmers of the state Grace sets policies that ensure crop rotation and revolutionary sanitary dairy conditions. When Thomas becomes ill with cancer she travels with him for medical treatments. After Thomas’ death her charitable contributions are even more accelerated.
The tone and mood of the novel shift when Grace hires Jonathan Taylor as headmaster of Rilea School. When Grace and Jon fall in love and eventually marry she is 41 he is 28. The gaiety of the Jazz Age which has now reached Weston Ridge brings exquisite parties polo matches and distinguished guests to Rilea.
Join the Peppertree Retirement Village residents as they experience lives unlike the stereotyped views often associate with senior living. Meet Legree who falls head over heels for a young handsome never-do-well. Laugh with horoscope buff Joanna Stadwick and her elderly father as they cross paths with the Beufort County water meter reader. Share Miss Constance’s dignity and self-consciousness as she convinces herself that in a former life she definitely was a maid in Charles Dickens’ 1836 London home. Laugh with Lavoris Darrell Waltrip race car fan as she serves customers in the Island café. Be introduced to the Green Brothers Curtis and Franklin who know what everybody is doing where and when. Cheer on the managers of Peppertree Irene and Lee and the maid Viola they have hired. Last but certainly not least become acquainted with four-year-old Brandi Camero and two spoiled kitty cats Pessy Mae-Mae and Puddy-Cat. Now put members of this eccentric group together as they travel to Charleston for visits to the Gibes Art Gallery Charleston Fine Arts Museum and the Market area. As they are forced by circumstances to interact during the trip they come to terms with the reality that no [wo]man Is an Island.
Quite unexpectedly circumstances have led to an eclectic blending of Lowcountry neighbors the pastors and congregation of Palmetto Church of the Brethren and the girls next door at the Pink Alligator Strip Club. Shortly after spring storms ravage the existing Braxton South Carolina church sanctuary the members are forced to move to the only space in the area large enough to accommodate them an empty warehouse outside the city. Sharing to the dismay of many in the congregation the same parking lot with “the girls next door.” Meet Felicia Stedman middle-school teacher by day and stripper by night. Fall in love with robust middle-aged red-headed house mom Gertie. Get an inside bird’s eye view of the strippers’ nightly routines their pride as well as their gripes and concerns in their chosen profession. Laugh and cry over the crude antics and often misguided mentality of the men who frequent the Pink ‘Gator. Also meet Reverend Thomas Hunter the young handsome pastor of Palmetto Church of the Brethren his two assistant pastors and various members of his Reconciling Congregation open and affirming of Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual Transgendered and Straight people. Their motto is “Open minds open hearts and open doors.” Identify with Miss Estelle Sprinkle octogenarian church member whose wisdom astonishes all. Become immersed in the mysterious disappearance of Braxton entrepreneur and church leader John Jay Grimes.
By: Alice E Sink
Few times in our early history have people put aside their differences about race relations!
This epidemic called infantile paralysis
was one of those times as illustrated in this true story so well written by Alice E. Sink.
People came together without preconceptions to fight this terrible
disease labeled the Great Crippler
and ultimately over the years overpower it.
By: Alice E Sink
Sometimes we think of “senior moments” as lapses of memory and recall. Join prolific author Alice E. Sink as she delves into a different world where senior moments are treasured. Through Sink’s original short stories and novella she brings to life those incidents that are beautiful provocative scary and unique—but believable and inspiring.
Many antique black and white photographs that the author has collected over the years accompany the text to illustrate the following themes Special Events Posing for the Camera Men and Women Friendships and Children.
Included in the book’s appendix are “treasured” tried-and-true recipes given to the author over the past years.
Family Shorts is a compilation of stories written for all age groups. It is sure to arouse the interest of family members from the very young to seniors. The stories are:
WILEY THE DOG OF THE DAY - A human story about the inhumane treatment of man’s best friend. GOING FISHING - Delves into the thinking of a small boy. His near tragic fishing trip causes him to rethink things that are truly important. THE CAT THAT CAME BACK - Rusty the cat lets his curiosity get him into a world of trouble. THE LEGEND OF RED MARE - is almost certain to bring tears to the eyes of the reader. This short saga will interest all family members. SNAKE - The very word brings chill bumps out on many people. A great read for those who fear snakes. FLASHBACK - A story for the mature reader. It is about one of the addictions many families face. AN ANNIVERSARY TO REMEMBER - These seniors learn things are not always as they appear. A CHRISTMAS PAST - A story of how some family members sacrifice to show love and generosity during a depressed Christmas Season.
Are you the patient’s brother?” The doctor asked placing his hand on Edward’s shoulder. “I am. Is he going to be alright?” “Let’s go into a waiting room” the doctor said solemnly. He started toward the room ahead. He motioned Edward to sit as they entered the quiet peaceful room. Sixteen year old Robert Thompson’s life seemed almost too perfect. Who would want to end it? And why? With scant evidence Detective Captain Moe Garrett begins an investigation of this baffling case. Drawing on his expertise and the astuteness of fellow detective Sid Morrison they work relentlessly to solve the crime. In the process old family wounds are opened that threaten to tear the Thompson family apart.
By: D E Joyner
Zaida Moore’s death was not the result of a fall down winding well carpeted stairs. Thus ended the coroner’s report setting into motion a homicide investigation headed by one of the best Detective Moe Garrett who has been unable to name a suspect. When blood and fingerprints appear on a possible murder weapon the impatient father of the victim hires a private investigator to further the investigation.