Not really on topic here, but considering I saw this in a book on fishing in the smokies I purchased from LRO, I guess it'll be ok!
I was reading your book and noticed you mentioned the word "si-godlin" and how you've only heard it in your neck of the woods. Well, my mother uses that word and we live in Southern Indiana. It just struck my curiosity. Since my last name is Ross and the Rosses trace from Virginia(?). I wondered if that phrase got carried on with families as they moved west/north.
Maybe my heritage is linked to Applachia and that's why I like going there so much!