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If We Are All Right Then Who Is Left?

When we birthed America, we birthed twins. One child arrived in the south with slaves and came to dominate rural areas. The promise of the new world lay in financial independence and a religion that blessed it. This twin came as the second- and third-born son of English estates, hard-scrabble Scot-Irish (my clan, the rednecks) and prisoners who would find a new lease on…

Basset Hound Leadership

Canis lupus familiaris: Basset Hound, Natural Leader The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family. The Basset is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare. Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound.[1] The name Basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning “low”, with…

Facing Ash Wednesday

  Ash Wednesday, a day of doom and gloom: I am 59 years of age and Ash Wednesday looms just ahead . . . In my young adult years, I envisioned my life turning out differently than it has . . . I am hard-pressed to give details. I guess I thought everything would be far more settled. I don’t know what that means as a whole picture, yet small images come to mind. My…

Skubala: The Call To Annoy

Annoy: to weary, vex, anger  Annoyance 1 Drip, drip goes the faucet . . . I walk over to it, lift the handle, twist it slightly, slam it down . . . the water stops . . Annoyance 2  The dog whines while I peck away at the sermon on my computer:  Food. Check. Water. Check. Been outside. Check . . . one thing left. I put my computer down mid-thought and move from my chair to…