May you live in interesting times, says the toast.
This woman did. Born in southeastern Kentucky, she lived through World War I, the Depression and World War II, constantly maintaining her optimism about life, and about people.
Briarhopper: A History, is the true story of a shy, beautiful girl's journey from the hollers of Kentucky across the country during the depths of the Great Depression, and her awkward, triumphant assimilation into California life, complete with indoor plumbing.
Dalna Archibald's life is presented in her own words, as told to her daughter, Mary Lynn Archibald, when Dalna was in her Eighties, and compiled from notes, tape recordings and oral reminiscences that capture not only the flavor of a life, but of an important era in our country's history, through the eyes of a loving, compassionate and insightful woman whose mind was as sharp at 82 as it was at 18.
She was the mother of two, the grandmother of five, and the adopted grandmother of countless others. She gave advice freely, but never forced her opinions on anyone. Throughout her life, she managed to embody both innocence and wisdom, and was cherished by her family and beloved by all who knew her.