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Young Adair writers contribute to anthology

Kenneth Ramsey, Dylinda Kimberland, Nicholas Graves, and Whitney Graves, write stories included in book of ghost stories, folklore, and ol' sayings

By Emily Harlan
Lindsey Wilson College staff writer
COLUMBIA, Ky. - Four Adair County residents recently contributed to The Lady in Gray, a book of ghost stories, folklore and "ol sayings."

The residents wrote the book as a project for Upward Bound at Lindsey Wilson College last year. Upward Bound is a national program that prepares high school students for college, and leads students in classes and social events.

Thomas said the idea to have Upward Bound students write a book came to him when his sister, Gay Thomas Agee, attended a Saturday session last October. Agee told the students a story about a gray ghost that haunts her home. After hearing Agee's story, students were told to write stories from personal experience or stories from family and friends.

"One of Upward Bound's goals is to use folklore as a component that runs throughout the year," Thomas said. "I hope the students find out that traditional wisdom, whether it is told as legends, ghost stories or folklore, is alive.

"There is an underlying current (of folklore) that goes back thousands of years. Interviewing people in their towns gives students a stronger connection to, and respect for, their community."

The following students wrote stories for The Lady in Gray:
  • Kenneth Ramsey II wrote "The Murdered Lover's Ghost" and "Shipwrecked"

  • Dalyndra Kimberland, "Terrified of Dying"

  • Nicholas Graves, "Why Dogs Chase Cats"

  • and Whitney Graves, "Old Sayings"

This story was posted on 2006-07-28 19:54:16
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