I married my childhood sweetheart, Shorty McRae, right out of high school, and began writing stories—social goings-on, obituaries, weddings, those sorts of stories—while he sold ads and handled the printing of our Bethel County Gazette weekly newspaper. Shorty was a jack-of-all-trades, always busy with one project or another. Carpentry, plumbing, roofing, you name it, he was doing it. For the last few years of his life we had ignored his increasing shortness of breath and passed it off as hard work. Neither of us knew that he had been born with a heart defect. He passed away five years ago. MY QUESTION: which is proper? To write … those sorts of stories? Or, … those sort of stories?
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