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Month: April 2017

The beauty and sorrow of mining country

The beauty and sorrow of mining country

Today, as I arrived in D.C. at the end of rush hour, I just kept thinking, “I don’t want the visuals and emotions of my time in West Virginia to be washed away by the daily onslaught of more images and emotions.” My trip to mining country struck me deep in my core. It’s the visceral discordance where beauty and despair seem to create an oddly harmonious symphony. As I drove northward (through country that was not nearly as spectacular),…

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Angels of the coal mines

Angels of the coal mines

Okay Facebook friends, you’ve done it again—you have sent me to the most amazing places! Truly, it astounds me where I end up on these trips. I’m utterly exhausted in my brain and filled to the brim in my heart. Today I spent the day in coal country and was gifted, multiple times with angels that ushered me into, and out of, places that few dare to tread. Things I learned today: ~ More people die in West Virginia than…

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