Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge

We had a wonderful Moonlight Ridge booksigning!

Saturday, July 31, 2010 – 12:00 til 2:00
Ramey Channell signed copies of her book
Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge
Little Professor Book Center
2717 18th Street South – Homewood, AL

How could you possumably have missed this!
Watch for announcements of upcoming signings.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge at Leeds Arts Council

Sunday July 11th was a fun and exciting day at the Leeds Arts Council. Here I am, studiously signing a copy of Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge. So many people attended, listened to me read from my book, and we all had a great time.

I was so glad to see so many good friends and fellow writers! Sweet Music is attracting plenty of attention and getting splendid reviews!
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

If Innocence Matters

Damien Echols has been on deathrow since 1994 for a murder he did not commit.

Please go to the website below to read about Damien Echols' latest attempt to get a fair trial in Arkansas.

In her book, The Devil's Knot, a nonfiction investigative account, Mara Leveritt gives a meticulous account of the gruesome murder of three children, the botched investigation, and the wildly unsubstantiated charges against Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin.
Below is a review of Leveritt's book from Publishers Weekly.

Arkansas investigative journalist (Mara)Leveritt presents an affecting account of a controversial trial in the wake of three child murders in Arkansas. In May 1993, three eight-year-old boys were found mutilated and murdered in West Memphis, a small and tattered Arkansas town. The crime scene and forensic evidence were mishandled, but a probation officer directed the police toward Damien Echols, a youth with a troubled home life, antiauthoritarian attitudes and admiration for the "Goth" and Wiccan subcultures. Amid rumors of satanic cult activity, investigators browbeat Jesse Misskelley, a mentally challenged 16-year-old acquaintance of Echols, into providing a wildly inconsistent confession that he'd helped Echols and a third teen, Jason Baldwin, assault the boys. Leveritt meticulously reconstructs the clamorous investigation and two jury trials that followed. All three boys were convicted on the basis of Misskelley's dubious statements and such "evidence" as Echols's fondness for William Blake and Stephen King. Leveritt, who makes a strong argument that the convictions were a miscarriage of justice, also suggests an alternative suspect: one victim's stepfather, who had a history of domestic violence, yet was seemingly shielded by authorities because he was a drug informant for local investigators.

If innocence matters, Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin should have never been suspects, much less convicted felons.
Please tell Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe that innocence matters.

Monday, July 12, 2010

More About Maro

A friend of the family, Bonnie Patmon O'Neil, found some old pictures among her mother's photographs, and I was delighted to see two beautiful pictures of my mother, Mary Elizabeth Satterfield Ramey. My daddy called her Maro.

I think this picture is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in my life! I've never seen this photo before, and I'm totally amazed by this lovely person.

My daddy said he married her because she was the prettiest little thing he'd ever seen. Looking at this picture, I can believe that was true. What she said was that she knew he liked her because when she walked by his house, he threw rocks at her!

A long time ago, I had a copy of this picture with the hat. But it has been lost for many years, and I was so delighted that Bonnie brought us this replacement.

See for a
sweet baby picture.