Part memoir, part historical fiction, Eight Acres and a Cow is a story of family, Ohio, and the perseverance of working-class people during the Great Depression.
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Carol was a mountain girl and wanted to stay that way, but Daddy had to find work. So, despite misgivings, the Richardson family cranked up the 1936 Dodge and headed for Ohio where the jobs were. They camped overnight by the side of the road and peed in the woods in every state they crossed. After two days and 500 miles, they pulled in front of a sorry-looking brick house on Leap Road in Hilliard, Ohio. It seemed even worse than they’d feared.
But Ohio had surprises — many good, some mysterious, a few scary, and a couple sad. The family bumped along in the Leap Road house and life got smoother and better as they went. Then Mom and Daddy started whispering secrets, and that brought the biggest surprise of all.
Carol Richardson grew up in Ohio and worked nearly twenty-five years in Washington, DC, as a lead grass-roots organizer for peace and justice groups. As an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, she also served congregations both in Ohio and Maryland. Currently, she is retired and living in Columbus, Ohio.
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