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Recalling memories of life as a child in the coal fields of Eastern, KY
Mists rise slowly from the mountain valleys adding to the chill of the early morning air, that, washed clean by last night’s shower, is enough to cause the early rising camp staff to hurry to the lodge and put another … Continue reading
Dr. Olson Huff hasn’t slowed down in retirement Black Mountain News, June 12, 2012 For Black Mountain resident and retired pediatrician Olson Huff, the link between medicine and advocacy is obvious. “You believe in people being healthy and then you … Continue reading
It is Saturday morning in America. Millions of children are engaged in some of their favorite activities. Vigorously messaging away on their cell phones, fighting the horrific and violent invaders on the latest gameboy or totally absorbed in television cartoons, … Continue reading
Tired Legs Some time ago I worked, along side a Presbyterian Medical Missionary, in one of the more impoverished areas of Sub-Sahara Africa. Malawi is a very poor country with limited resources and only the slightest hint of a supportive … Continue reading
The Lopsided Bird Feeder With super glue and duct tape, I patched the bird feeder back together for what I hoped might be at least one more season of usefulness. And, doubting that the many varieties of birds that call … Continue reading
In America, about four million children are born each year. Of those children, one million a year who enter the 8th grade will not graduate with their peers. 5 children a day will die from child abuse and, on average, … Continue reading
Memorial Day. In the mountains where I grew up, this day was referred to as “decoration day.” The burial places of family and friends were visited and flowers usually placed on the graves. Those who had worn the uniform of … Continue reading
Olson Huff —
Zero. Out of more than 1,000 questions asked during 20 primary presidential debates there was not one on an issue that military leaders have called a matter of urgent national security, economists have called critical to America’s competitive future, law enforcement officials have called a key tool in reducing crime and educators have called vital to academic success. The issue – early childhood education.
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