In re: The Donation Button

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43 Responses to In re: The Donation Button

  1. wisenupoet says:

    I’m on board sir… Like I said there are only two words to describe you and that is Freedom Riders….. I love you blog and have gain a vast array of knowledge… I shall hit the button on Wednesday when I get paid…

  2. Prof~~here’s hoping thy cup runneth over. Oh, I gave at the office. lol

  3. @fauxmccoy, I am headed there now, can’t wait to read!

    • Wow! It was a pleasure reading that, very well-written, and so much fun. Some people have such an amazing gift for storytelling, and I have no doubt your father was one. I loved it too, because it was great fun, but there was also a lesson in it, which is one of the qualities of so many marvelous southern stories, for example.

      Funny about moonshiners, there is still moonshine today, I believe- in Eastern Kentucky. Now, the people telling me this may have embellished a bit, but I think it’s probably true.

      Anyway, wonderful essay, contest-worthy, if you ask me:)

      Thank you!

      • Oops, that comment was for fauxmccoy!

      • fauxmccoy says:

        thank you very much, from one writer to another, i am honored. i have a large collection of essays, many more to put up, some i have been waiting for my father to pass, for reasons which will become obvious, as it deals with his mental illness, which is as much my story as his. although he was from utah, my mamma is from the south, so i have a rich past to draw upon although i am a californian. my literature profs always pressed me to submit for publication and i have yet to do so – still working up the nerve. maybe i oughtta make a deal with the moonshiner for courage 😉

        • LOL, C’mon, son, whip up some of that courage and get those stories out there!

          I did notice a bit of shyness and explanation there in the pre and post-essay and girl. I tell you, no need to explain, your writing is a pleasure to read!

          Mental illness is such a cruel double-edged sword that seems often to be part of the lives of people who are gifted, and it sounds like your father had a great many gifts. Good on you for having the courage to share, many will be touched, I am sure.

          More, please.

          Oh. Beautiful photo!

          • fauxmccoy says:

            awww jeeez, now you make me cry. i left of the blogging two years ago when my father’s health was noticeably failing. as soon as kids were out of school, i stuffed them into a car and moved 300 miles to get closer to him. the move was insane and blogworthy in it’s own right. i lived in a funked out old motel with a kitchenette along hiway 99 in the far reaches of northern california to be near him and wait for my husband to find work here. an adventure to be sure (especially the night life around that joint). have spent the last year dealing with loss, his estate (the ranch on which i grew up) and unbearable family tension. but am ready to put pen to paper again, finally.

            thank you so very, very much … it is you who inspired me to start back up – the words of your own in frog gravy and i shall not forget.

    • fauxmccoy says:

      thank you crane station, i am honored

      • Vickie Votaw says:

        There are still moonshiners in Virginia, and it is NOT a joke. I had a tepee in green county that locals burned down, the sheriff would not come nor the fire dept., they were afraid of the locals.

  4. Digger says:

    Do you have a PO Box for slow mail?

    • Justkiddin* says:

      Oh that would be good because then I do not have to wait on the Grand daughter. I have been locked out of some pretty good places because I forgot my password.

  5. Two sides to a story says:

    Thank you both for your wonderful writing!

  6. ed nelson says:

    Count on me too, it’s in the mail… almost/!

    You do some damn good edifying. I had to look up that word back when too, but it means, well I don’t really know… sort of like educating, and hell, I’m ed too!!.. [end of joke.]

    I’d like to hear your voice on other things, like the Supreme Court, or like: just now… >it/>channeling… : courts in general. And are we going to continue to maintain respect for our system, if… (fill in the blank).

    I mean the predation is one thing but the destruction of the system, pretty much known as the “Rule of Law”, well that ain’t too cool.

    I’ll send you 50$ when I get paid.

  7. Dave says:

    I ponied up earlier. More a gesture of support than real support I’m afraid but I’ll try to keep it up. Thanks to for a great learning experience.

  8. KA says:

    Well. I am happy to set up a monthly. I learn a huge amount here. I have a few issues with an old email and Paypal…I will need to remedy this week.

    I appreciate the time. I need to check out the essays.

  9. Do not mean to hijack here, but if anyone donates at this site, PLEASE do NOT donate at the Frog Gravy WordPress site! We live under the same roof!

    Goodness, I think Fred should do an edit and clarify this. We are thinking about combining into one site, not sure how we will do this yet, but want to be up front.

  10. Justkiddin* says:

    I will hit the button but I do not know about a password. Do I need to set one up? If it is okay I will have my grand daughter do it when she comes to pay the bills. Might make it less confusing. I never noticed it before and is it okay if I just make one donation a month and the 2 of you share? I am kind of lazy (when you get to be my age it’s okay) so less work is best. 🙂 With the time you 2 put in you deserve a little reward.
    Quick questions on the last thread I put my age and I believe a Z supporter did not believe me, if you would like me to prove it I can. Just remember 88 years is a whole lot of wrinkles and it can be scarey for the younger kids here.

    • You don’t need to prove anything.

      • Justkiddin* says:

        Thank you! I have nothing to hide though. Except for the grand theft wagon from 78 years ago. 🙂 JK now you know how the name came about.

        • fauxmccoy says:

          ha ha ha! my father who passed a year ago was just a bit younger than you and tells a great story of a halloween prank in the late 30’s in very rural utah. he and his brothers opted for ‘trick’ upon receiving no treat and dismantled the farmer’s much needed wagon in the dead of night only to scatter it’s parts among 80 acres of pasture. ahhh, the good old days!

          just as crane station gave you a story to read, i’m going to go out on a limb and do the same. i think you may appreciate it given the time, place, and subject matter.

          as the great professor says, you ain’t got nuthin to prove to us here.

 (crane station, if you’d take a look, i’d be mighty obliged)

  11. CowboysFan says:

    I got here from the GZ Legal Defense page and some people are saying some pretty crazy things about the writer of this blog. Seem to know a lot about your daughter and wife.

    • So I’ve heard.

      Those people don’t know what they are talking about and they spew hatred just because they can. They get off on trying to out do each other and I just happen to be their latest target.

      I decided to ignore them.

      My record speaks for itself as does this blog and the contributions of all people who comment here.

      You are welcome to read and share your thoughts with us.

  12. sandyann says:

    Professor, you have a great blog. I look forward to reading it everyday, several times a day. I am more than happy to donate. Thank you, for your time and dedication.

  13. TruthBTold says:

    Professor you know how I feel about you and your wife and as soon as I can, I got y’all :). I really appreciate and love this learning experience and look forward to it everyday. Thank you.

  14. Brown says:

    No problem sir. Just donated. Thank you for your effort and time. IANAL nor a student in law, but I have learned a great deal from you.

  15. Professor, I do find value in this blog. Pay Pal is how I prefer to pay for online transactions, but your Pay Pal link does not go directly to the Pay Pal site. It asks for my user name and password directly on your site. I am used to a link taking me diredtly to the Pay Pay site. Please see if that can be adjusted. I don’t feel comfortable putting my Pay Pal password anywhere except on its site. Then you are welcome to delete this comment. Your labor is valuable! I commend you on what you do here.

  16. Yes, your blog is one-of-a-kind. I have learned a great deal from it and look forward to more. Thanks.

  17. fauxmccoy says:

    what? no $25 minimum a la zim sr. and wife? i’m shocked, shocked i tell you! sir, i have been eying that button since i started participating here and as i told crane-station, i am half way through frog gravy in about 4 days. it is very compelling reading material and i highly recommend it. i also appreciate every bit of your time.

    please know, that i am a disabled mom of 2 teen daughters and while i am fortunate to have a supportive spouse with a good job, you can imagine the difficulty, i am sure. i plan to hit that button when i do receive my next ssdi check just as soon as i have ensured my daughters have what they need to start the school year. as you would also know, there is a great divide between what they think they need/want and what is necessary. i shall make sure to save a bit for you and crane station as a demonstration of my appreciation for your labor, even if it is a labor of love.

    • TruthBTold says:


      I know right regarding the minimum lol. Professor Leatherman recognize, as he’s already stated, basically that times are hard for people right now. He’s not asking people that really cannot afford. That’s decency and consideration.

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