Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.
Here are a few queries from November 2005
I need help. For several years I have tried everything I know to come up with cornbread like my granny used to make.
I do all the things I remember, but it's still no good.
I want Kentucky cornbread that is crusty on the bottom (I have that down pat) and is moist but not doughy in the center (mine turns to mush the minute bean soup hits it).
I don't want to use sugar, but I would be okay with buttermilk, sweet milk, or even water.
Come on ladies, send me those recipes. I'm hungry.
1116 Crestwood Drive
Lima, OH 45805
I would like some information on the Greenbriar schoolhouse in Carter County, and, also, Jacobs Post Office located nearby.
Jack R. Dennis
410 Woodland Street
Channelview, TX 77530
I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the staff of The Kentucky Explorer and to all those who contribute the warm, funny, historical, and informative stories and photos that fill the pages of a remarkable little magazine that is such a big blessing. Every time an issue arrives in the mail I head straight to my favorite reading place, the couch, and read it from cover-to-cover, treasuring every word and picture, as well as the memories they evoke.
Also, thank you for allowing authors to advertise their books in The Kentucky Explorer. One of those books, They Came To Save Us, by Larry Arrowood, has become my all-time favorite. It is a deeply poignant, wonderfully written story that gives one a deeper understanding and appreciation of the values, humor, strength, courage, and perseverance of our remarkable Appalachian people.
I have always been grateful and proud to have grown up in southeastern Kentucky, and since reading The Explorer, even more so. Larry Arrowood has a true gift for writing, and his book is a priceless journey back home to a place and a people that have handed down a sense of belonging that can never be taken away. No matter where we end up, we never doubt where home is, nor do we lose what Larry Arrowood calls "that sleeping urge to return."
I hope that generations to come will be reading Mr. Arrowood's book and by all means reading The Kentucky Explorer.
Carol Porter Fisher
631 Stevens Lane
Mitchell, IN 47466
Seeking Quilt Patterns
I have received The Explorer for several years and was born and reared in the Appalachian Mountains. I find people and places I know in every issue of the magazine.
I am seeking quilt patterns, quilt blocks, and the "old-timey" potato onion bulbs.
If any reader has any of these items I would enjoy hearing from you.
77 United Lane
Cynthiana, KY 41031