Mommy Issues

It was early evening, June 1996, at the Clermont Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia. Selma Messner, now calling herself Irene Castleberry, leaned on the bar and looked out at the sparse crowd. She was dressed in a sleeveless yellow blouse, jeans, and work shoes, none of which were new, so she didn't worry about spills. A … Continue reading Mommy Issues

Emily Mae Lupo, 1929 – 2006

Remembering my mother, Emily Mae (Stribling) Lupo (16 September 1929 - 9 December 2006) on what would have been her 86th birthday. She was born in Sutton, West Virginia, an only child raised by a single mother, after her parents divorced when she was a small child. She graduated from Sutton High School in 1947 … Continue reading Emily Mae Lupo, 1929 – 2006