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James R. Stout

Blog posts November 2019

Skipping Stone

            There’s a poignant scene from the movie “Coal Miner’s Daughter” where Loretta Lynn’s father is with her at the train station prior to her leaving to join her husband in Washington State. Levon Helm portrayed her father and he remarks that he lost “those young years” of Loretta’s because …

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Days of Infamy

            Here it is 10:30 p.m. on November 22, 2019 and I feel compelled to say something. Our nation has apparently gotten to a point where the anniversary of the assassination of JFK isn’t news anymore. I haven’t seen one post on social media (Facebook) talking about it. It’s just not news. It’…

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The Juicer

            It seems that our parents always seem old to us. When I was 5-years-old I thought my mother was ancient. She was only 31. Thinking of them as children was always a chore. Even with photos of them as a child they seemed old given the aged photographs that were usually black and white. The…

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Friends

             It was December 28, 1972 when I first had an interaction with my friend Jess Sumrall. The youth group at our church had a “working” retreat for three days. We had some Bible studies, got to watch a movie, and went out to Bear Creek Park for some fun and games. But the working part was t…

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Friends

             It was December 28, 1972 when I first had an interaction with my friend Jess Sumrall. The youth group at our church had a “working” retreat for three days. We had some Bible studies, got to watch a movie, and went out to Bear Creek Park for some fun and games. But the working part was t…

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Noseworthy Reflections

            My brother-in-law is sick. No, that’s not meant to say he’s demented or warped. He’s got some kind of crud. You know what I mean? His tenor voice is now a bass, his sinuses are completely out of whack, and his throat feels like a badly skinned knee. So, I’m not going anywhere near him or…

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