Compelling riverboat stories combine with the powerful example of one woman's life as she generously shares what she has-culinary gifts and a wide-open heart. With humorous strokes, author Welliver highlights the courage of a cotton sharecropper's wife who decides to exchange her backshattering, low-reward picksack for a steady paycheck, cooking nonstop for thirty days at a time for a ten-men crew on a working towboat. Woven into the cook's adventures are fascinating facts about the Missisippi River, the tugboat crews, and the worthy service they render us all. Now retired, Dotsey Welliver worked nearly 20 years in editorial capacities for the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College in Illinois. Dotsey grew up a cotton sharecropper's daughter in the southeastern Missouri Bootheel, along rural routes near teeny towns where Third Street would be outside the city limits. Seeking drastic change, she headed for southern California where she received a B. A. degree from Azusa Pacific College. Much later, with the remaining shreds of her skillset after raising three boys, she earned an M. A. in Communications from Wheaton College. She has written and edited a number of books and articles. She and her husband still live in Wheaton and have eight grandchildren, all better-looking than their grandparents.
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