Magic Realism


  1. Intriguing narrative I’ve somehow ignored the first half of my life. You’ve talked me into seeing this wondrous juncture for myself. From my own kayak, next Spring. See it as the pioneers and the Shawnee surely did, time difference being a veritable blink of an eye.

  2. General George Rogers Clark’s name reminded me I’m flying his Vincennes Campaign flag this month. Beautiful red and green parallel bars.

    Big fan of yours here Reg.

  3. After watching this video, I want to go there. Reggie. You are a wonderful teacher, the way you present information.

  4. Hi Reggie,
    You have brought back some memories for me, of my younger years. My first memory is the drowning of my first cousin Jerry Royce, who was 10 years old when, on an outing to Boonesborough Beach with his baseball coach, fell out of the overturned boat and drowned July 4th 1956.
    On a happier note, was the trip to the park my senior year. I won’t go into what happened that day. Let’s just say it was memorable indeed.
    I enjoyed this read also.
    Phillip Daly

    PS; I have dubbed you Huck Fin of the day.

  5. How remarkable it was for Boone to slip away from the Shawnee party in 1778 and travel about 40 miles a day to warn folks at Boonesborough of imminent attack. Who interpreted between Boone and Blackfish? Or was
    Boone enough of a linguist, and adept at sign language to figure things out?

  6. I love Bybee pottery and I wish I had some more pieces. I did some shows with Buzz back in the day at EKU. I recall when my kids were young, I looked him up to see if we could stop by the pottery shop. He was sweet and gracious and gave my kids a nice tour back in the early 2000’s. So very magical.

  7. Thank you for such a wonderfully informative back story about our beloved Bybee Pottery. You have filled in so many gaps in my understanding of the area’s geology and history.
    Another area of interest may be about the experience of purchasing pottery there.I want to share one story about shopping there in the late ‘80’s.
    Informed of the popularity of Bybee and interested in purchasing some pieces, I spoke with my resident expert, Karen Russell, to learn which days they emptied their kiln and what time they opened. Heeding her advice to arrive early, I pulled up promptly at 5 a.m. and easily found a parking spot. I was grateful for the opportunity to be first in line. As it neared opening I thought it best to go sit by the shop’s door, thereby cementing my place. How wrong I was! Soon cars began pulling up and, as if on cue, everyone converged around me and they were all scowling. “What do you think you are doing?”, one particularly aggravated customer asked. Not giving me an opportunity to answer she continued, “Don’t you see that sneaker right there?” Others chimed in mentioning various objects like a tee shirt, a glass, a diaper, etc. To be fair, I did see them but failed to appreciate their significance by simply wondering why the Cornelisons didn’t pick up the yard more. “That’s me. You ain’t been here before have ya?” She didn’t wait for affirmation. “See, you ain’t here”, she said pointing to where I stood beside the door. “You’s there!”, she said pointing at the bitter end of a line of people who were now in possession of their respective object. Hearing many others who were obviously in agreement with her, and feeling too outnumbered to argue, I slunk to the end of the line. Once there the woman next in line BEHIND me decided she would take pity on me by telling me the common strategy once the doors opened. “Get in there and find you a place in front of the shelves. Make yourself as big as possible. Spread your legs out wide. Start taking everything off the shelves in front of you and put it on the floor. Once it is there it’s yours. Everyone knows. Then the trading begins.” She knew what she was talking about! Leaving Bybee later that morning, after belabored trading (especially with the woman who sent me packing), I was happy to be one of the “insiders”. As a bonus to my uniquely Bybee experience, I was also in possession of far more pottery than I intended to purchase.

  8. I always enjoy watching a person how knows what he is doing. They make it look to easy. Even though it took them years to learn their trade skills.
    Thanks again Reggie. I think you have found your slot.
    Phil Daly

  9. This is something I want very much to go and see. Will you be giving times for viewing the Jubilee ?
    Thank you, Reggie!

  10. I enjoy your blogs immensely, they keep me in touch with my home state in so many ways. Congratulations on your most recent musical endeavor, very impressive and not too surprising for a man of your considerable talent.

  11. I love by large Bybee bowls and use them quite often. I wish they would reopen. I used to go to a Little bit of Bybee but they have closed also.

  12. I expected this to be about Abraham van Stockum. There is an Abraham van Stockum High School and in my search for it I found this post. My mother (1908-2006) was Hilda van Stockum and her father was the explorer and navy captain Bram van Stockum. I am writing about him and her…

  13. Enjoyed reading your research on Bathsheba Herring. She was my 4 x Great Grandmother’s sister. Ester Herring. Which makes me 2nd cousin 4 generations back of Abraham Lincoln. 😊

  14. Sorry for your loss, Reggie. I an certain that your father was very proud of you and all that you have accomplished.
    Ashley Martha Trautner, former student.

  15. Reg, if you need anything, you know you can call on us. Any time of day or night. Our hearts are with you.

  16. Having come from the SIKH community in India, we/I have special respect for those who serve in the Armed Forces of any country. Sorry for your loss. Your father was a very special person, indeed. I often think of you, Reggie and look forward to seeing you one of these days.

  17. Reggie, your father’s was a life well lived so keep the good memories of him. You are clearly the scion of good stock and you carry the family name very well! We will always be grateful for your successful legal battle to protect the American Indian earthworks and village site here in Greenup County.

  18. Reggie,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss of family. He was definitely a very special man. I’m sure that he inspired you and many others to well. my heart goes out to you and your family.
    Your friend, Phillip Daly

  19. My heartfelt condolences, Reggie, to you and your family. You only have one Daddy, and when he is gone, you grieve. But you will always be with him, as you will increasingly see him in yourself. In the days to come, you will look in the mirror and see his face, or look at your hands and remember his touch, or hear your voice and discern his voice’s echo; and you will recognize him. In you. So go through your grief, but be amazed in the days to come to realize that he is still here. In you. Peace to you, brother.

  20. Very sorry for your loss. What an amazing life! Sending love and prayers to you and your family from all of us at EKI. Hope you will stop in for a visit when you are in the Bay Area.

  21. Reggie, General Van Stockum was the fourth person I was introduced to on the day of my very first visit to Shelbyville. I was duly impressed and discovered that day that we shared many common interests. It was fun to learn more about him as the years rolled by and I have been so honored and pleased to call him my friend. Fast forward twenty years, our oldest son became his friend (and came to greatly admire the General) over their shared love for Allen Dale. The General was a gentleman. He was one of a kind among a generation of amazing individuals. Bill and I are praying for you, Cheryl, the boys and their families as you all say farewell to this larger than life figure in your family. Our sympathies my friend, Bobbie

  22. We are so sorry for your loss. The Sturgeon Reunion attendants enjoyed his historical presentation at Shepherdsville, KY several years ago.

  23. Amazing! Thank you for sharing, Reggie. Much love from Meghan and me. ❤️❤️❤️

  24. Very cool. I thought the horses might be afraid of you but, obviously they were not.

  25. What a peaceful walk with you and these beautiful animals. Thank you for bring a sweet moment to my day.

    1. Would be good to know a bit about some of the folks who are buried there. Maybe some 19th Century settlers?

  26. Love them all. Keep writing. John Gresham writes every day when he is at home. I get enlightened, educated and awestruck with your posts.

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