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Virginia Coalminers and the Battle for the Heart

The streets are dark at 8:30 on this cool November night. The asphalt highway is just two-lanes and it seems narrow winding through the Appalachian Mountains on either side. There is a sense of peace to this area for me. I have come to...

I Want To Love The Rain… But…

One of my favorite songs ever is Kevin Fowler’s 100% Texan. The song starts with “Well I love the sound of a rain on a tin roof on a hot summer night, love to hear those hound dogs a-barkin, howlin at the full moon...

Before She Leaves, Daddy, Daughter, Elk and the Heart

The elk were just out of shot range with the .270. Some may have tried, but we could not see the bull clear enough to be comfortable in taking the shot. We were hidden behind a fallen pine on the east side of a...

Mountain #5 – Raising A Boy at 14,000 Ft.

The interstate was not very crowded at 6am on a Sunday. We traveled a couple hundred miles until we really saw any traffic and even then the long open road ahead had plenty of room for everyone going west. This was going to be...

Because You are Making a Difference

One of the best times of each week for me are Saturday afternoons. It begins slow, maybe a picture or two. Then Facebook explodes and my text start going off. Guys are living in the beauty of what God did that day at their KOZ....

Simple Man, Why I hated Men’s Bible Study for Years

I remember back when I first really committed to a men’s Bible study. It seemed the only ones I ever heard of were at 6am or 6:30am and I hated that. I have always been a morning person so it wasn’t the time necessarily,...

Battlefield Dad

As I rolled through the suggested watching options on my Netflix, “Best Picks For TJ,” I was open to see what the software had figured out about me. It was a pretty good list: action, comedies, epic adventures all in the four or five...

Doing It One Day At A Time Since 1986

I really had enough of it all. I wasn’t in a car wreck or in jail at the time. I had a job. I was using heavily but I had improved and wasn’t using the harder stuff. But I was tired, real tired. I...

Manners and Pride

I was sitting in my truck waiting for the Mrs. to come out of the grocery store. We were making a quick provisions stop for milk, eggs and Blue Bell. Staples. I had pulled up front and dropped her off then swung way out...

Raising a Boy on a Boat

There are certain things that are passed down from parent to child, grandparent to grandchild. A child does not even have to be around the parent to pick up the inherent elements of the family’s DNA. There are scientific facts that prove that say...
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