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Established in 2007.

Storyteller and shopkeeper: Lisa Isbell

The Way Things Are: White Oak Attic is a blog and shop. I mostly write about my genealogy research and vintage home decorating projects. There is a heavy concentration of information about surnames associated with Kanawha County, West Virginia. Under the category “ad libetum”, the Latin phrase meaning “as it pleases”, I write about my life in Alabama, my examination of common core standards out of concern for my family and other hobbies and interests.

The Blog is arranged with collapsible categories, simply click on the little black arrow to expand and collapse subcategory options. Ad libetum is arranged into subcategories to make it easy to follow a particular topic and sift out those that aren’t of interest to you.

The Shop is called the General Mercantile. The merchandise varies, some of it is new and some of it not – details are on each item. It is closed for the winter of 2014 for a refresh coming in 2015.

More about me: I work full time and manage this website outside of traditional business hours and on weekends. I check the email daily, early in the morning and late in the evening.  Sometimes I fall down on the routine, but usually not for very long. Email is the best way to reach me (or through Facebook or Twitter). The website is modeled after the concept of the traditional old general mercantile of the late 19th, early 20th centuries when shopkeepers had a casual way of going, chatting with the folks and stepping in and out of the store as needed to attend to their everyday lives in between customers.

I hope you enjoy visiting and embrace the casual nature of it.