All Things Considered ventures to Rural Sand Mountain in north Alabama, where author Byron Davis was born and raised. He was a country lad who worked regularly in the cotton fields, wore striped overalls to school, studied by coal-oil lamps at night, and constantly had to prove his worth to his city-bred school mates. Developing comfort within one’s own skin was a demanding process but necessary for survival. Growing up during the Great Depression, Davis experienced the chasm between city kid and country boy and between the landowners and the tenant farmers—a chasm of customs, mores, and incomes. In this memoir, he explores about the differences in areas such as values, loyalties, and work ethics, and he touches on the language and how simple words could take on a wide variety of meanings. In the tradition of those times, Davis has titled his autobiography All Things Considered, a phrase used often by country folk in gossip or problem-solving sessions. It simply meant that the entire issue or incident had been carefully contemplated and studied, and the best judgment was made in the matter. This memoir recalls times long past and reminds us of the importance of God’s love in any community.
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Published July 17, 2012
Religion & Spirituality.