Category Archives: Appalachia

“Pray–While You’re Pulling Weeds”

As you face daily challenges, do you ever wonder how much is your part and how much is God’s? Oh, I do. During those times, I like to ponder a childhood scene from my Kentucky farm days. Our community was … Continue reading

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“The Breathin’ Part”

News of a neighbor’s death caused me to ponder what practical help I could offer the family. As I made my mental list, I remembered a long-ago scene. Even though our children were young when my grandmother died, they remembered … Continue reading

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Grandmaw Stacy–a Family Story

Recently, a relative sent me a box of mostly unlabeled photos. I’m frustrated when I don’t know who the people were or when or where the shots were taken. And for days after receiving such a  package, I encourage (badger!) friends, family, readers, innocent folks … Continue reading

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The Naming of a Beloved Community

I was born in southeastern Kentucky–deep within the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Our little community originally was named Four Mile and was split by a skinny two-lane highway. Several houses, including that of my grandparents, were built on the narrow strip … Continue reading

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A Warm Welcome

Because of the lack of available employment in our Appalachian community decades ago, my dad had to move our family north. Jobs were plentiful in the new area, but an encouraging welcome was not. Because of those hurtful years, I … Continue reading

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