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Addenda and Errata by Gary D. Crawford

Every so often, evidence arises suggesting that someone actually reads the little essays I send off each month to the good folks at Tidewater Times. Such acknowledgement usually is in the form of a remark made during a chance encounter. “Saw that thing you wrote in the little magazine.” “Oh, yes, the Tidewater Times. What did you think of it?” “Yeah, it was pretty good.” “W hich one was it?” “Um, let ’s see…that one about...well, anyway, I liked it.” “Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it.” Sometimes comments are a bit more, well, definitive. “I read your article about Sharp’s Island. That was a good one.” “I thank you for saying so.” “Yeah, I like it when you write about stuff like that.” Even a dull knife like me can detect the suggestion imbedded in such a compliment. Occasiona lly ~ no more than several times a day, I assure you ~ people point out mista kes or misunderstandings in what I have written. Many of these, though not all, come from Frazier, my local critic and consultant. I welcome such corrections, not because I like goofing it up in print for all to see, but because the critiques contribute to my understanding and can lead to

new and unexpected insights. So I pay attention to all corrections that come to my ears. (I try not to dwell on those that don’t.) Happily, most folks are politely tolera nt of a t ra n spla nt to t he Eastern Shore who tries to unravel past events and intertwined family relationships. (“Well, yes, dear, he does have that completely wrong; everyone knows Capt. Lowery’s first wife was a Harrison, not a Faulkner. But he means well, I suppose.”) I’ve become used to stepping into those little cow-pies. Laughter isn’t so bad. Once in a while, however, an ar ticle provokes a quite special response. This month I’d like to share a few of those “additions and corrections” with you. If you are sufficiently curious about the stories mentioned, all can be read at www. The Remarkable Miss Alice In December of 2013, my article was about an extraordinary woman, Alice Butler Bradshaw, author of the only personal book ever written about Tilghman’s Island. Because we live in the house where her husband was raised, we felt a special kinship with her. When Miss Alice


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