In a recent public conversation about young educated people leaving West Virginia to find their fortunes elsewhere, I heard someone say, “Maybe someday they will appreciate the security of these mountains.” The word security struck me as strange, and so I asked the speaker what she meant. “That word you used, security, why did you… Read More The Long Road to the Last Goodbye (conclusion)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. – Ecclesiastes… Read More To Everything, Turn.
The spiritual concept of a soul having escaped the limits of what we know is, for me, spooky and compelling. Something about a person’s essence having made an exit with a sense of other-worldly destination rings true in Ada’s unexpected and heartbreaking death. … Read More Our Mothers, Farewells, and The Departed
When I was living in North Carolina several years ago I attended a great training on helping youth navigate their transitions to adulthood by appreciating their need for ritual and rites of passage. I may still have that material around here somewhere, but for now I “dig out” a lot of resources with Google. Today… Read More Campfires, Tattoos, and Blood Oaths: Rites of Passage in Adolescence