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Bluefield: A Wedding of Two Communities

This winter I spent some time in the Craft Memorial Library over at Bluefield, West Virginia.  I found there microfilmed copies of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph from the late 1800s to the middle of the 1900s.  Interesting stories. Of course … Continue reading

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Naming the Cold Spells

We are used to tragedy coming even in the good times of life. We expect, and even brace for it. We mark the winters of life. We wait for the warmth to return. We move on. Continue reading

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Disappearing Towns: Morrison City

I was raised on the Virginia side of an unincorporated community by the name of Morrison City.  It was a small village to the north of Kingsport, Tennessee, which was built up in the 1930s and 40s as a “bedroom … Continue reading

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Memories of Pappaw Smith

In 1908 a young family was celebrating the birth of their second child, a baby boy they named Rob.  He grew up on the banks of a little stream named McKenzie branch, which flowed down McKenzie Hollow to the North … Continue reading

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Waxy Build-Up

I’ve been listening hard to the commentators in church leadership.  There are lots of voices hollering for attention, but few that really resonate.  Most of the popular spokespeople are telling us that we have to radically change everything we’re doing … Continue reading

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