Tales From 316 Depot Street

Childhood Memories From The Deep South

by Doni Helms



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/17/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 100
ISBN : 9781414072715
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 100
ISBN : 9781414072708

About the Book

Tales From 316 Depot Street is a collection of short stories, based upon the author’s childhood memories of growing up in the Deep South.

Although the 60’s and 70’s were tumultuous times, with racism still prevalent, the Vietnam War touching many of our lives, and the country torn between generational differences, it was a wonderful, memorable period, and in retrospect, a much simpler era.

The characters, places, and situations that are depicted in these stories could very well be extracted from the memories of all who might have lived back then, and in some cases they are timeless.

Many of the character’s names in these tales are fictitious, in order to protect the ‘innocent’, but the stories are all based upon real people, real places, and real situations.  People from the area will undoubtedly know exactly who some of these people are and will remember them, as well as some of the things that these stories depict.  Some may remember the facts differently, but that’s always the way memories are.

These stories tell of life, love, laughter and pain, friendships, and the coming of age for a group of family and friends.  They tell of situations that could have been disastrous, and the life-lessons that were learned, and taught, by those of us who survived them.  Some of the people in these stories have already left this earthly existence, and we miss them.

From “A Carpenter’s Best Friend” to “The Rumor Mill” these tales will make you laugh and perhaps cry, reflect and perhaps muse, reminisce and perhaps recall your very own memories from another childhood in another place and time.

About the Author

Doni Helms was born in 1954, in Albany, Georgia. 

At age six, Doni and two younger brothers became products of a broken home when their parents realized that divorce was the only choice they had left to make.  The boys were nurtured and raised by a single, working Mother who was “the most loving and caring person alive and the strongest woman who ever breathed.”  Although their family lived in what would have been considered poverty, the Helms boys never felt that they missed out on anything.

At age 10, Doni became a member of the Boy Scouts of America and rapidly progressed up through the ranks, earning 40+ merit badges and numerous awards.  In 1967 Doni earned the newly introduced Computers merit badge and was hooked.

Since the early 70’s, he has worked professionally in the technology industry as a computer operator, programmer, systems analyst, trainer, and consultant to fortune 500 firms.  He founded several technology companies and has authored dozens of articles, white papers and training materials.

Doni is also an accomplished musician, poet, songwriter, and singer, and has performed at countless venues nationwide.  He made his debut television performance at age 8.  His latest television performance was as a winner on The Nashville Network’s “You Can Be A Star”.  This performance was broadcast worldwide to an audience of over thirty million viewers and resulted in correspondence from fans all over the world.

In the early 90’s, Doni produced and recorded eleven original songs on a CD collection released by Little Tree Records and titled “Southland Lady”.  Two of the songs on this CD claimed the coveted number one spot on the MP3.com country music charts, and received wide spread air play and critical acclaim from numerous media outlets and record industry chart-makers.  Doni still performs all around the greater Atlanta area with a group of friends, and is currently working on his second CD release.

Doni now lives in Marietta, Georgia with his high-school sweetheart and wife of thirty plus years.  They have three wonderful children who all live in the Marietta area as well.