One of the primary reasons I took on this Mr. Rogers project for 2020 was because I wanted to spend the year practicing how to love and appreciate all of my neighbors. We live in a polarized and divisive society and as I contemplated how to navigate those choppy waters I figured Mr. Rogers would... Continue Reading →
The Great Appalachian Ramp Secret
The Appalachian culture is a rich and diverse one. Sometimes, though, we can get a little self-defensive. It's easy to fall into that mindset when practically every media image and portrayal of your heritage is portrayed in a negative, derogatory, and stereotypical light. That self-defensiveness can cause us to break everyone down into two categories:... Continue Reading →
When They Stop Believing, Do We Get To Stop Loving?
Recently, I read an article on the NPR.org about Teresa MacBain, a former Florida minister who no longer believes in God. (Click here for a link to the article). In a nutshell, MacBain, the daughter of a pastor, had been raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family and eventually became a pastor in the United... Continue Reading →