The bygone eras of our past gave rise to a generation with stories worth holding on to, taking place in a world that has since vanished from America, for better or for worse. Yet triumph and delight grow from unexpected sources. Once Below a Time is author Glynn Baugher’s account of growing up poor in rural Virginia in the middle of the twentieth century, and it is a memoir of a vanished world. Full of social details and vignettes of the colorful characters in Glynn’s early life, it portrays a world rich in specifics, deriving the universal from family particulars. Glynn carefully traces the contours of a fading way of life and fills his stories with vibrant personal narratives of his bucolic youthful days with family. Glynn’s story is that of the unexpected—of surprise, triumph, and delight. Join him on his illuminating retrospective, where out of poverty and a primitive early education spring comedy, success, and erudition.