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Porch Talk

Stories of Decency, Common Sense, and Other Endangered Species

Porch Talk by Philip Gulley
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Philip Gulley has become the voice of small–town life and an observer of humanity without match. With his heartwarming, humorous storytelling, his books have both lump–in–the–throat poignancy and laugh–out–loud humor. In this collection of stories told from his own life experiences, Gulley's musings on such topics as leisure, marriage, faith, enjoyment, and more hold an earthy wisdom that reminds us of what we hold dear, and what's truly important in life. These witty stories reflect the kind of conversations Gulley overheard in his youth, in a time when neighbors gathered on front porches across America, a glass of lemonade in hand, the sounds of crickets buzzing in the air, and lazy stories spilled from lips from generation to generation. ''Social scientists and preachers offer a number of reasons for the decline of civil society: broken homes, poverty, disease, television, and increasing secularism, to name a few. I believe all that is wronte with our world can be attributed to the shortage of front porches and the talks we had on them. Somewhere around 1950, builders left off the front porch to save money, and we've had nothing but problems ever since.''
HarperCollins; July 2007
180 pages; ISBN 9780061461460
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Title: Porch Talk
Author: Philip Gulley
Philip Gulley is the author of Front Porch Tales, Porch Talk, and the acclaimed Harmony series, as well as the host of "Porch Talk with Phil Gulley" on the Indiana PBS affiliate WFYI television's flagship show Across Indiana. He and his wife, Joan, live in Indiana with their sons, Spencer and Sam.