shine like new


We found an old cigar box in a second-hand store in Savannah sometime around 2004. It was full of letters between family members across Georgia catching up on each other before phones and easy travel. Some of the correspondence was between Ruby Zettler and her mother. The song is fiction, inspired by her letters. I eventually found a photo online of her with her husband Carl. They are standing in front of the service station where he worked. She wrote about a baby son Bobby. [photo: Darleen Miller,] --rrussell

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