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. Most of my family research is concentrated in Virginia and West Virginia and up to now what I have on the blog is mostly surnames associated with Kanawha County, West Virginia.

The Blog is arranged with collapsible categories. Any category name with a small black arrow next to it has subcategories so be sure to click on those arrows to see them.

Ad libetum the Latin phrase meaning “as it pleases”. Consider this blog category as something like a newspaper column. Remember those?.  I write about whatever interests me on any given day, from tabu topics like politics and religion, to books I’m reading. Any mundane subjects that peek my curiosity for a little while will find their way in here sometimes too.

The Shop is called the General Mercantile. It is currently offline but I have plans to bring it back in mid-late 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.