The Big Sandy Mountaineer -

At the Base of the Mountains


December 20, 2017

Christmas in rural areas is more than the gifts lying under the tree, or the lights strung down Main Street. The material items are diminished as the people come together as a family: we remember those we have lost since the last eve, we support the organizations that hold the town together like glue, and we praise the glory above. The hardships that our daily lives hold are forgotten as we step into our city halls and feel the essence of joy that is in the air.

As his wife rubs Aquaphor lotion into his hands, he winces; the cold nights have caused the tops of his knuckles to begin to cra...

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