Seating “Formalities”

I start planning our menu for each week on Sunday evenings. For me, there is rest in searching old cookbooks for new recipes that will ensure satisfying suppers for my family. I enjoy that time of day when Wade and I gather around the table with our two boys, and we are able to say […]

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Sowing Seeds in Winter

I come from a family of great storytellers. My mother engages her classroom through stories both scholarly and personal. My grandparents seemingly had practiced telling various stories, each knowing when to pick up and deliver punch lines that the other had left up for the assist. Most would question the authenticity of several stories—like the […]

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Why Eye Contact Matters

While in college, it was required that I take a Transcultural Nursing course. Interestingly to me, Appalachia had it’s own little section devoted to what makes mountain folk so unique along with the corresponding patient care considerations. The part that stuck with me most is that the text claimed Appalachians avoid much eye contact, and […]

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