Author Archive: Billy Reeder

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Wren’s Song

Wren’s Song

It’s the fall semester of 2015 and I’m standing on a makeshift stage in the Arkansas Tech student center with a guitar strapped across my shoulders.  For all intents and purposes we’re in a food court with bad acoustics.  In front of me is a surprisingly large crowd of students. To my left is Wren […]

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March 1, 2017 | By More
Permanent Marker

Permanent Marker

“You ready?” he said. Yep, go for it. “Here we go.” Laying on my side I hear the electric hum of the artist’s needle come to life behind me.  I settle in for what comes next.  Some find it intoxicating. Some find it terrifying.  To me it’s just part of the experience.  Over the past […]

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August 1, 2016 | By More
Ripples

Ripples

The water was cold. The mountain stream seldom rose above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect for trout. Knee deep in the icy current, the fly fisherman focused on a pool of water thirty feet away. He watched until he saw the small ripples.  The trout were feeding. That’s the moment when an onlooker would see a […]

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June 1, 2016 | By More
Still Much Love and Work to be Done

Still Much Love and Work to be Done

Down a bumpy road and up a muddy path is an overgrown patch of trees. Through the trees and around a bend is a four-foot by eight-foot wooden box. Inside the box, just before dawn, a middle-aged man is getting ready to go to work on an early January morning. The temperature is well below […]

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March 1, 2016 | By More
Angels and Beavers

Angels and Beavers

Around this time of year all around the world people are getting ready for Christmas.  And from church services, to Charlie Brown specials, to decorations at Hobby Lobby, undoubtedly I’ll run across the scripture from Luke where a rag tag bunch of shepherds suddenly get a surprise from a gang of angels. You’ve heard it: […]

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December 2, 2015 | By More