Daniel Boone Footsteps


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Personal Essay Publishing Project - 2018

Bearing Up

Forty writers from North Carolina and Kentucky share their personal stories of making do and overcoming adversity under challenging circumstances in the spirit of America’s pioneer hero Daniel Boone 250 years ago. He was trapped by an early snow storm in the winter of 1767/1768 and had to survive by his wits and will deep in the hills of eastern Kentucky—bearing up.

Through 45 short essays, you are pulled into a range of captivating life experiences by these writers—both fresh, new voices and seasoned storytellers. They skillfully share true stories, imparting morals, messages, and lessons for us all to consider. With drama, tragedy, and sometimes humor, they share their tales and family histories about bearing up when facing some of life’s daunting and peculiar challenges.

  • “If they made it onto shore, they knew barbed wire and mines awaited them.”

  • “But then came the flu epidemic of 1917; her young mother died on Christmas Eve.”

  • “He does this three more times: he finds a new city, he finds a new wife.”

  • “We carried our weapons at the ready, from one nameless hill to another.”

  • “This was rape in the middle of nowhere—French countryside, in the dark.”

  • “When I found the deer’s leg in the toy box, I knew I had my ticket to fame.”

  • “Folks paid her with a chicken or a bag of meal; Granny was a healer.”

  • “Carlton was opposite, out of sight, when grandfather shot at a flying bird.”

  • “When asked her age on job applications, she simply wrote ‘atomic.’”

  • “Dad’s youngest brother pimped me out at 4 to a heroin dealer for drugs.”

  • “Down I swam, headfirst. Three feet under, darkness, then deeper still.”

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