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New Release!

Wit, Wisdom and Other Stuff labeled “storyteller supreme”

The JSF has released Wit, Wisdom & Other Stuff by Keith Kappes. The book is a collection of 125 commentaries Kappes wrote for a variety of community and regional newspapers in eastern Kentucky during his long, award-winning career in journalism.

This new release follows Kappes’ other collection of commentaries, The View From My Keyboard, published by the JSF in 2019.


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Baseball is a love that formed in childhood

In response to the work stoppage in major league baseball, I offer the following personal essay. It is an exercise in whimsy – rather than serious scholarship, but there are some heartfelt truths here, also. I met my one true love in the fourth grade, and I have loved her ever since. Her name is baseball. By my sixth grade year, we were going steady. I was [...]

By |January 15, 2022|Categories: James M. Gifford|

JSF best sellers ~ Jan. 3-9

#1 A Penny’s Worth of Character, Jesse Stuart #2 The Frontiersmen, Allan W. Eckert #3 Cruelly Murdered: The Murder of Mary Magdalene Pitts and Other Kentucky True Crime Stories, Keven McQueen #4 (tie) The Appalachians: America’s First and Last Frontier, Evans, Santelli, George-Warren, editors #4 (tie) Gateway to Empire, Allan W. Eckert #4 (tie) Wilderness Empire, Alan W. Eckert #5 (tie) The Conquerors, Allan W. Eckert #5 (tie) The [...]

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A Jesse Stuart Reader

High school teachers and home-school teachers who wish to introduce their students to Jesse Stuart have a unique teaching tool available in “A Jesse Stuart Reader,” reprinted by the Jesse Stuart Foundation in 1988. Originally published in 1963, the book was designed as a classroom text; it consists of eighteen stories, twenty-six poems, and excerpts from three autobiographical books – “God’s Oddling,” “The Thread That Runs So True,” and “The [...]

By |January 11, 2022|Categories: James M. Gifford, Jesse Stuart Foundation|


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