Tag Archives: Clinch Mountain

“The Storms are on the Ocean” as a Metaphor for Homesickness

The iconic Carter Family of Country Music origins (A. P., Sarah, and “Mother” Maybelle) were known for their classic songs. “The Storms are on the Ocean” is one of them. I have been dabbling in autoharp playing for a while … Continue reading

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Places I’ve Lived: Belfast, Virginia

The itineracy of the United Methodist Church requires us to go and live in places where the churches are located to which we are appointed by the bishop of our annual conference.  My first itineracy was to a place that … Continue reading

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Of Limbs and Leaves, and the Design of Life

One of the advantages of fall is that you get to see the structure of trees.  In summer the branches are hidden by the luscious green foliage.  But as autumn brings the brilliant colors out of the leaves, one by … Continue reading

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Appalachian Lexicon

It was a symphony really, of words and sounds and inflections that made up the music that ordered our lives. Continue reading

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A Trip to Carter Fold

From my house, we traveled up Highway 23 to Moccasin Gap, and turned off on the Bristol highway, traveling up to the little community of Hiltons.  From there, you crossed the railroad and got on the Mendota Road where you … Continue reading

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It’s Football Time in Southwest Virginia!

August has been an incredibly gratuitous month.  Following on the heels of July, which was acclaimed as one of the hottest on record, the weather took a delightful turn this month and we have enjoyed cool mornings and temperate days … Continue reading

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