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“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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You Can Get Your “Shout” Back

First, let me just add, I’m not a Pentecostal, but I do occasionally find myself in the position of shouting in worship.  The Holy Spirit has a way of doing that to you.  Sometimes you shed a tear, sometimes you … Continue reading

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Appalachian Values: Don’t Get Above Your “Raisin'”

This saying has been said a lot in the beautiful ancient hills and hollows around the Appalachian Region.   There are several streams of reality that feed into the mindset that produces such a saying.  I’m sure it isn’t unique … Continue reading

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And Are We Yet Alive?

At the end of an unusually long-seeming winter (it began snowing on Halloween and didn’t much let up) we are finally getting some springtime.  It’s good springtime too.  Grass has slowly grown greener, leaves are popping out on the trees, … Continue reading

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Empty Arms/Full Heart: Our Journey from Childlessness to Foster Care

When my wife and I were married, we both expected that one day we would hold a baby in our arms that would be ours to love and raise.  We expected it would be ours genetically as well.  When after … Continue reading

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