Tag: family

  • About Hillbilly Elegy & Those Who Champion Us

    About Hillbilly Elegy & Those Who Champion Us

      [caption id="attachment_2870" align="aligncenter" width="919"] Photo by Sue Counts[/caption] I've been reading the book that everyone was talking about six months ago - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. It has been touted as an insightful book about Appalachia and more specifically about the people who voted Donald[..]
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  • This is My Confession

    This is My Confession

      She opened up the appointment book and flipped through the pages, trying to figure out a way to schedule the next haircut around both of our schedules. If we don't get it on the books, then too many weeks pass by and I grow[..]
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  • That God and Gay Thingy

    That God and Gay Thingy

      Maybe it's the Orlando shooting. Maybe it's the access to military-style weapons. Maybe it's 13 months of temperatures rising. Maybe it's Donald Trump. I've been torn from pillar to post over one thing over another lately. I find myself discombobulated much of the time.[..]
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  • The Vows We Break

    The Vows We Break

    The last time the West Coast contingent of the Spears family came together was for Mama's funeral. This past weekend we came from up (Los Angeles) and down  (Seattle) the West Coast for my nephew Robert's wedding. [caption id="attachment_1799" align="aligncenter" width="1588"] West Coast Spears Clan[/caption][..]
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  • If God had a mama

    If God had a mama

    God is an orphan. As far as any of us know, he had no father, no mother. He had to learn to scrap by on his own from the earliest of time. He didn't have a mother to tell him when to switch the lights[..]
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  • Who My People Are

    Who My People Are

      My people are a superstitious bunch. We don't walk behind rocking chairs. We don't iron on Sundays. Lord, God forgive us quick if we break a mirror. Who can afford seven years of bad luck? My people know that if your nose is itching,[..]
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  • Death with Dignity Branding

    Death with Dignity Branding

      Death with Dignity. Such lyrical, poetic branding. I live in Oregon, home to the Death with Dignity laws, allowing terminally ill people the right to die when they want. To be clear this is not suicide. Suicide doesn't even belong in this discussion. That's[..]
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  • Keeping the Swarm

    Keeping the Swarm

    They say it often, and it is true, there is no miracle like that of a new birth. You have joined with us in praying for such a miracle ever since Mama learned she was dying. Thank you for your prayers uttered on our behalf. The[..]
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