The Gordon of Crossville, TN

  My buddy Gordon took this photo on April 16, 2007. I know the date because we had just crossed over the Holston River in Gordon’s red truck when the DJ on the country radio station stopped the music for breaking news. “There’s been a shooting at Virginia Tech,” he said. 32 people were killed. [Read More…]

God Does Not Love America

God does not love America. If that offends you, you have a problem. God does not love Israel. Israel as a nation is a construct of the Truman Administration and some legal wrangling within the United Nations. I know we have been taught — truly indoctrinated — to think otherwise. I get it. It’s a hard [Read More…]

A New Year's Wish: More of the Ordinary

Aunt Cil with Mama’s dog Sheba. Back in the mountains where my people are from jobs were scarce. Pap could get work at the paper mill sometimes but he was never regularly employed. He didn’t sit around talking about retirement or his 401-K or health insurance for Granny, who everyone called “the crippled woman down [Read More…]