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Review: The Never Ending Mile/Life & times of Winn Hensley
Written by Winifred H. Hensley, Sr., and published by Outskirts Press, Denver, CO. 2014
By Linda Waggener
The new book, The Never Ending Mile, takes readers from a one-room school in Metcalfe County, KY to Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, LA.
Winn Hensley's memories begin in the rolling hills of south central Kentucky on his first day at a little one-room school. He describes kicking a stone down the rocky road and his mother telling him if he kept that up he'd never get another new pair of shoes.
His never ending mile began there on that walk to school and could be where he got the book name. Or the name of his life book could represent his dedication to lifelong education to which he is committed.
As he said in the first of the book, in his early years, "...I encourage individuals to enroll in adult literacy classes and begin their own never ending miles, a few do, most don't."
Readers who have ties to Kentucky will especially enjoy the descriptions of life in the communities of Echo, Knob Lick, Park, Hayes, Park City, Louisville and Fort Knox to name a few places visited in his book.
For me, the most gripping part of the book took place in his adult years when he worked and lived in Louisiana where he describes New Orleans at the point Hurricane Katrina changed everyone's lives forever. He is uniquely able to describe details of the experience that never made it into national newscasts. He describes the pre-Katrina richness of the Louisiana culture which included Black, Creole Latino, Asian, Arabian and other races in the city known before Katrina in a favorite movie as the Big Easy.
He wrote that having lived in Louisiana for 15 years, like everyone else, he took warnings from the "Weather Guessers" with a big grain of salt -- that is until one named Katrina slammed the city on Sunday, August 28, 2005.
The Never Ending Mile is definitely a book to put on the summer reading list. Hensley can be reached at
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