Pat Conroy is a writer from the South. He has now passed away but that first sentence is correct, he is and always will be a Southern writer. Most people will know his books of fiction but one of my favorite books by him is "Pat Conroy's Cookbook". Yes, there are recipes of course but there are stories with them and that is what makes this book very special for me. If you want to have a hint of his writing, you may look at his blog just here. Pat Conroy dying just weeks after Harper Lee, makes me think that the Southern gentleman would find a bit of comfort in that. God rest his soul, I very much admired his writing.
"There might be people who don't like my son but you wouldn't want to know them."
That is a line of his that I remember writing down from one of his books, he wrote it about someone but I paraphased it about Christopher. (Hey, I might have changed it somehow, but you get the meaning, right?)
Down to earth, I like that expression, don't you? I could have flowers on here in remembrance but I think a cabbage and a broccoli from my Dad's SOUTHERN garden would fit the bill just perfectly.