Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining*

Janice Holt Giles is one of my very favorite authors. I collected her books for years and have them all. Hannah Fowler, 40 Acres and No Mule along with the Enduring Hills are just a few of my favorites about Kentucky.  Once you start reading her books you won’t be able to put them down. Great, interesting post. marker new

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Over the weekend I went to a couple of good estate sales where I picked up several good books.


I was happy to see the book by Janice Holt Giles. Chances are you have never heard of her, but she was a popular mid-range author in the 1950s-70s. She never got rich from her writing, but she was able to support herself, and that is saying something.


Janice Holt was born in Arkansas in 1905. As a child she moved to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) where her parents were both teachers. She grew up with books and music and went to college. When her first marriage ended, she and her daughter moved to Louisville, Kentucky where Janice worked for Dr. Lewis Sherrill, Dean of the Presbyterian Seminary.

On a trip to visit family in 1943, Janice happened to share a 40-hour bus ride with Henry Giles, a soldier on his way to a…

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The Kentucky Derby… Where Dreams Come True..


It is that time of year in Kentucky where everything is buzzing about the “Run for the Roses”. This is where dreams come true. There are many amazing things this wonderful state has to offer, but the fastest 2 minutes in history, on the first Saturday in May is always chilling.

Kentuckians are steep with their traditions and the Kentucky Derby is no different. The day brings mint juleps, gorgeous hats for the ladies and of course, the racehorses. Watch those beautiful animals come down the tunnel to the track at Churchill Downs and you will forever be a horse lover. Forever my friends…FOREVER.

When the marching band starts playing “My Ole Kentucky Home” every Kentucky heart will swell with pride. It’s the prancing of the horses and the prancing of our hearts that make this race something that very few words can describe.

However, for the select few that have a majestic 3 year old that will race down the backside of historic Churchill Downs, their story started years ago. From the breeder who chose their particular bloodline, to the jockey who first sat on their back, to the groom that handles them daily, they all want their horses name next to the greats that went down in history before them!

The chance of a dream coming true and the excitement of watching all of it happen….well my friends……..that’s  magic.

Written by: Leigh and Anne Walkup