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Woe to Live On

March 1, 2019 | By More
Woe to Live On

Every now and then you stumble across one of those books. Maybe it was suggested by a friend. Maybe you’ve read the author’s previous work and yearned for more. But whatever brings you to the book, you know within just a few pages that this is one that’s going to stick with you. A magnetic […]

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When friends pass on

March 1, 2019 | By More
When friends pass on

We recently lost our sweet Katie Dog to heart failure. A few weeks before that, we lost our cat Orwell to old age. In both cases, we buried them behind the shed near where my own childhood horses and dogs are buried — a morbid, but peaceful, reminder that our family has been on this […]

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The rail runs through and through

March 1, 2019 | By More
The rail runs through and through

Hank Williams Sr. sang about the midnight train whining low and how that forlorn moan — along with a whip-poor-will, a crying moon, weeping robin, and a falling star — amplified his loneliness. It’s a song of poetic beauty. But my experience with all of those components has had the opposite affect on me. The […]

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The perfect companion

March 1, 2019 | By More
The perfect companion

I mingled among the women, waiting to begin my “How to Start a Garden” workshop. On the cusp of spring, I delighted to hear of garden dreams for the upcoming year. The early arrivals peppered me with basic questions: “When should I plant tomatoes outside?” “Should I plant squash from seed or buy a plant?” […]

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Main Street Russellville

March 1, 2019 | By More
Main Street Russellville

At the heart of downtown Russellville, you’ll find The Russellville Train Depot. Passengers haven’t boarded a train here in more than 50 years, but the train conductor — in his sculpted metal immortality — still stands outside beckoning you to take a ride. Inside The Depot, along with layers of history, you’ll find Danielle Housenick, […]

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A good sport

March 1, 2019 | By More
A good sport

As my son gets older, his interest in the games he used to love has waned — hide and seek, tickle monster, and duck-duck-goose are a thing of the past. When he asks me to play with him nowadays, he usually wants me to dare him to drink or eat a gross concoction of items […]

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Crusty, creamy, golden goodness

February 1, 2019 | By More
Crusty, creamy, golden goodness

Slogging through the gray days of our shortest month, that somehow seems twice as long as any other month, is always a challenge. We lean on a couple of crutches to get us through — the hope that warmer weather is just around the corner inspired by the occasional bright spring-like day and comfort food. […]

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Memories of James School

February 1, 2019 | By More
Memories of James School

We try. We really do, those of us raised in a white bubble. But it’s inevitable that we fall short of comprehending the full script of the African American experience, even in our own communities. When we look back across the years, we often see the bad parts. This keeps some folks from looking back. […]

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For love of the game

February 1, 2019 | By More
For love of the game

Walking into the Pottsville Middle School gym, I’m flooded with nostalgia. As a visiting player during my pee-wee basketball years, at least one Saturday every season I would walk in to that gym ready to leave everything on the court. And we’d usually get drubbed. Now the gym is filled with rambunctious fifth graders shooting […]

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New year, new me

February 1, 2019 | By More
New year, new me

Oh, how often I have said those words to myself. I love to make New Year’s resolutions because it gives me the ambition and inspiration that I need to make changes. Sometimes I wind up neglecting certain resolutions after a few weeks, but I consider a little bit of improvement better than none at all. […]

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