appalachian history, west virginia history


homespun from the heartland


You're a child of the suburbs or a small town.  You grew up in comfort.  But you've heard all those references from folks who should know how tough it was back in the Depression.

And sure, you've wondered how that generation pulled itself up from outhouses and hardscrabble living to central air & SUV's.  How'd they do it?


Presenting 'The Day is Far Spent'

Here's Kenneth Tabler to tell you: he rose from a poor, sleepy milltown in Appalachia and propelled himself to a PhD and a high profile career with that newly invented thing called "the computer."

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"...a charming memoir that contains a potpourri of practical information the author garnered from a very full life. The book draws a portrait of family life in rural America spanning the decades including the Great Depression, the World War II years, through Tabler’s adult life and career, segueing very logically into his retirement and ending with the death of the author’s beloved first wife, Pat, on April 25, 1987.

"Laced with always interesting, mostly upbeat anecdotes, the book is written with modesty, humor, and a degree of honesty rather rare in memoirs. Through stories of his family, Tabler shares family values and moral and ethical principles that seem challenged in today’s America and, for this reason alone --- as a reminder of who we were and should be --- Tabler’s book should be read and enjoyed.

Prudy Taylor Board, author/editor


A gentle memoir that captures a poignant time in American history. Tabler charts his journey to adulthood with an endearing colloquial frankness.


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