Walking the Land of Our Fathers

I’m in East Tennessee right now, writing from my hotel, where the rooms overlook the Smokies and everyone calls me “dearie.” Every time I come here, I feel closer to my father than before. He was born here and comes from a large, historic Kingsport family that had deep ties to the land and the … Continue reading

Good News Friday!

1. Human Trafficking Getting More Attention A follow up to last week’s news about Tennessee passing anti-trafficking legislation: now they’re also looking into creating new shelters for victims. As state laws change to protect minors in the sex trade as victims, more metro areas are finding a need for housing, counseling and other transitioning assistance. … Continue reading

Good News Friday

It’s Friday again, and a day for good news. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been looking forward to a little pick-me-up. So here’s a rundown of some great things happening: Anti-Trafficking Laws Passed in Tennessee On Tuesday, the governor of my favorite state signed a series of bills meant to protect victims of … Continue reading

How to Help Flood Victims

Water is life. It’s the briny broth of our origins, the pounding circulatory system of the world. We stake our civilizations on the coasts and mighty rivers. Our deepest dread is the threat of having too little – or too much. – Barbara Kingsolver, “Fresh Water,” National Geographic, April 2009 The big mama of storms … Continue reading

Holy Water and the Marginalized

This weekend, severe storms crossed Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. It rained like vengeance, then stormed. A tornado passed through Mississippi and killed 10 people. Why? Water gives us life and then kills us. Usually the poorest people – people who don’t have proper shelter from the storm. People living on the literal margins in Indonesia … Continue reading

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