Mother Nature’s Eden in downtown Calhoun, 220 S. Wall St., will host a book signing for a local author on Monday June 28th.
Writer J. Larry Simpson will be signing copies of his book âNo Excuses: True Life Adventures of a Little Trailer Boyâ from 2 pm to 4 pm at the store.
âIt’s clean, it’s healthy, it’s inspiring, it’s colorful and emotional,â Simpson said. âI am fortunate to be a storyteller of yesteryear. “
Her father began to frequently move his family to work in a pull-trailer house from the age of six; a journey that will last until he is 17 years old. Part of its history takes place in Calhoun.
âWe did 24 different moves,â Simpson said. âMy father worked in the building industry. He was a diesel mechanic and was just starting to find work. We had a small trailer and ended up buying one of the very first 50ft trailers and he pulled it with a 1953 Ford truck. â
Spending time in so many different places as a kid wasn’t easy, according to Simpson, but he was able to make many memories all over the country.
âWe traveled from job to job all the way to California and back,â Simpson said. “When you go to a new school you don’t know anyone and no one knows you … and if you speak with a southern accent they always have something to say about it, but God made a person out of me. who was going to be someone, so I wasn’t going to be rushed.
Simpson said he spent the summer of 1953 in Calhoun where his family parked his trailer on property that is now part of the first downtown United Methodist Church. He said he still had fond memories of the city.
âI went to my first vacation Bible school at the Methodist Church that summer,â said Simpson.
He and his wife eventually settled in Tunnel Hill, where they still live today, and Simpson said he still enjoys visiting Calhoun every now and then for shopping.