I wish the Mayans were right

Newtown funeral

For the past four months it has felt like somebody pushed my head underwater into the pool of grief and is holding it there, attempting to drown me. I can’t come up from air until the one thing I don’t want to happen —  my mother’s death — happens. Then came the massacre at Newtown.  I [Read More...]

A Safe Community

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On clear days, like yesterday, Taylor sees Mt. Rainier on her afternoon drive home. My niece works here.   It’s a two-room school.   One of the few such schools remaining in Washington State.   The students at Evaline treat each other like family.   No matter how old they get, they always feel like [Read More...]

Holler of the Holies: The Hillbilly's Sanctuary

My buddy Gordon took this photo on April 16, 2007. I know the date because we had just crossed over the Holston River in his 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. Dozens [Read More...]


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