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About Jacalyn Wilson:

A little background from the author herself:
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I always loved reading, but I never aspired to be a writer. A composer, maybe, but not a writer. Then, somewhere in the midst of my dabbling in composing, I found myself plotting stories in my head. For years I did this, when I was driving, or couldn’t sleep, or was bored. Finally, one day I asked myself, “Why not? Why not try writing a book?” And I talked myself right into it.

Four months after I actually sat down and began writing, I had the first draft completed. But it was four years later, after a major re-write and editing, that I self-published “Heaven’s Mountain” on Amazon as a kindle book. Somewhere along the way, I realized I had to continue the Heaven’s Mountain story in a sequel or two. I had to tell the readers what happened to the other characters! So, I wrote those stories, too, with Mountain Girl published in 2012 and Mountain Song in 2015.

On another note: In 2014 I had the fantastic experience of recording a CD of some of my original songs. If you’re interested, search for Jacalyn Wilson on Amazon and you’ll find the album “Something Deep”, along with separate listings for each song. You can hear a short sample of each song, too!

So, what’s next, you ask? Hmm… I have a few ideas percolating in my head. You’ll just have to wait and see!


All three books, the CD, and two short Kindle works are available on

All of my work is also available directly from me. You can contact me at


A Word From Sandy Point Times

 Jacalyn Street Wilson

Author, Singer, Song Writer, Mother, Grandmother and CPA


She Lives in Sandy Point!

Jackie and her late husband moved to Sandy Point some thirty-odd years ago. A lot has happened since that time. Children and jobs, the heartache of losing a spouse and the challenge of building a successful CPA business have slowed her down some, but she has been making up for lost time! And we won’t even talk about all those church Christmas programs!

Jackie is an accomplished musician, singer and song writer with a degree in music from Wesleyan College. A great singer, (it runs in the family) she has an album of her own music.

A creative person by nature, her creativity does not stop with music. Now, Jackie has just released her third book, “Mountain Song” in a Trilogy she calls Heaven’s Mountain Trilogy. They are available from  in ebook and paperback. You’re gonna “Love” em!

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 Check them out! You never know what’s coming next from Sandy Point!

You can order from Jackie directly if you want. Contact her at : You may as well order one of each!

To read Chapter One of Jackie’s newest book, Mountain Song, click on this link :

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Moonshine and Moonshiners


Moonshine And Moonshiners
Moonshine And Moonshiners

The picture above is a  Moonshine Still available from “The Whiskey Still Co.

By H. Jerome Chapman

 Many people know about the term “Moonshining”. It conjures different images to different people. To some, it is a sinister group of thugs like in the movie “Walking Tall”. To others it is a glamorized version where the moonshiners are good ole boys just trying to make a dollar. They don’t mean anyone any harm. Probably both pictures are correct.
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Never Be At A Loss For Words

You Should Never Be At a Loss For Words

(Great words like Opossum and Lackadaisical)

by H. Jerome Chapman

 Sticks and Stones” is an English language children’s rhyme. It is intended to persuade the child victim of name-calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation, and to remain calm and good-natured. It is reported to have appeared in The Christian Recorder of March 1862, a publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church where it is presented as an “old adage” in this form:

Sticks and stones will break my bones But words will never harm me.

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Listening to Music In The Country, 1958 Style

Listening To Music in the Country

Circa 1958

Vhevy Radio

Old Chevy Car Radio

by H. Jerome Chapman

Your kids probably don’t know:

  • Music has not always been portable
  • Radio was once the ONLY way to hear music in the car. And even that wasn’t always possible.

If this picture is the entertainment system you had in your first car, then you are older than you claim!!!
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Social Media and the Preacher Circa 1973


by H. Jerome Chapman

If you mention the phrase “social media” today, a number of applications come to mind. Facebook, certainly, is the foremost name people think of, along with Twitter and several others. Most people regard the “Social Media” as a new arena that did not previously exist. The fact is, I got into “social media” in the mid ‘60’s. Continue reading Social Media and the Preacher Circa 1973

Grandmother’s Angels

by H Jerome Chapman

I  guess it is a great experience in life to meet just one person who exhibits what we might call “God Like” qualities. Some would argue as to how those attributes would be defined and verified for an individual. Some would even argue the existence of either: God or “God Like” qualities. Continue reading Grandmother’s Angels

Days Before UPS ( And Dyas Is Gone )

The Days Before UPS, FedEx, Amazon and I-75

(And, Bradberry’s and Dyas are Long Gone)

by H.Jerome Chapman

 I could be wrong on this, as likely as that would seem to everyone. But, I suspect that most people under 50 years have not stopped to realize that there has not always been a UPS, a FedEx and certainly no Amazon dot com. Yet, people all over the country relied heavily on goods being shipped to them that they ordered from various catalogs like Sears and Montgomery Ward. Maybe you ordered some chrome parts for your ’50 Ford Flathead V/8 from the J.C. Whitney catalog. Continue reading Days Before UPS ( And Dyas Is Gone )

Sister Tabor’s Baptism

 Growing up in a rural area can have its pluses and minuses. Sandspurs, for example, would not be considered a plus. There are millions, I suppose, that have never seen a sand spur around their house unless you live in sandy areas or maybe around a Florida beach. The actual name of these little devils is Cenchrus longispinus and cenchrus gracillimus for the varieties that grow in the Southeastern US and you have to be really careful pronouncing that first one. Continue reading Sister Tabor’s Baptism