Steve Oden

Steve Oden is an award-winning columnist and former newspaper editor in Tennessee and Alabama. His column, "Appalachian Notebook," appears in the Independent Herald bi-weekly.
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Appalachian Notebook: Saucer-and-blow method preceded coffee supping

Readers have asked if I would consider re-publishing some of their favorite columns. These scribblings of mine have appeared for almost 40 years in...

Appalachian Notebook: Gray Wave can help younger generation too

They called themselves Gray Panthers, the Gray Power Movement and other names denoting people over age 65 who banded together for political purposes. Their...

Appalachian Notebook: Where Christmas toys came from in the 1950s

As a child, I had a theory about Santa Claus and Christmas toys that was remarkably advanced for the time, especially for someone whose...

Appalachian Notebook: Storms of dragonflies are meteorological events

Something wonderful happens from time-to-time in parts of Appalachia. It is a natural phenomenon that seems to occur in early fall, when the heat...

Appalachian Notebook: Trendy Appalachian food popularity misses the mark

I’ve been reading in magazines and online about a sudden interest in traditional Appalachian foods and cookery. Seems that urban “foodies” have stumbled across...

Appalachian Notebook: The Evans and a country cooking brand

The name Bob Evans might not carry the same cachet in southern Appalachia that it does in the north, but the chain of country-cooking...

Appalachian Notebook: Worrying about the new socialists and weak leaders

An old friend and I talked recently about politics. We focused on the state of affairs in Washington, D.C., both of us bemoaning the...

Appalachian Notebook: An ICU experience — loss, life and a boat

“We need a boat.” This was the premise of extended discussion at our house as spring approached and Karen, my wife, reminded me that she...

Appalachian Notebook: Classified ads can soar to literary heights – or not

The classified ad listed under a Sporting Goods header in the local shopper piqued my interest. For only $25, I could own an almost...

Appalachian Notebook: Speaking up for App-Uh-Lach-Uh’s hybrid language

Among fellow Appalachians, my grandmother never worried that someone would be puzzled by what “play pretty” meant. However, using this unique regional phrase instead...

Appalachian Notebook: Lure by lure, recalling a lifetime of fishing

Restoring old fishing reels from a cache bequeathed to me by my late father and uncle led me to wonder if anyone would care...

Appalachian Notebook: We inherited a bucket full of busted fishing reels

The plastic bucket full of old fishing reels arrived via a circuitous route of family ownership and gifting, but it always was meant for...

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