Monthly Archives: January 2012

Truman and Me

I wrote this for Elizabeth Gaucher’s blog  http://essediemblog.com where it first appeared. Truman and Me My uncle Truman and I killed millions of German soldiers during the Second World War. One morning before my grandfather Charlie Barker went over the mountain … Continue reading

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Some Loves

Some loves I wrote about while teaching at Duval High School in Lincoln County. Written sometime between 1977 and 1999. I love the hemlock tree out near the woodshed. With snow it reminds me of a cathedral, but it is … Continue reading

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Byrdman

In 1967, West Virginia University awarded West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd an honorary doctorate. Members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and I felt that this former Ku Klux Klan organizer wasn’t all that deserving. The University was kissing … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor of the Arizona Star from longtime friend Mike Breiding

To the Editor: The recent Arizona Star article (1.) on banning uranium mining near the Grand Canyon has some politicians once again bringing up the specter of energy problems in the U.S. due to limits on energy production, be it … Continue reading

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Schweitzer and Ghandi–Imagonna Excerpt

Imagonna is the title of my Peace Corps memoir, here is another excerpt– The St. Andrews Methodist Church at home in St. Albans, West Virginia and Wesley Foundation at WVU expanded my appreciation of human diversity. Out of all this, … Continue reading

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Excerpts From Imagonna–WVU Influence

Excerpts from Imagonna, my Peace Corps memoir hopefully soon to be published. Student days at West Virginia University were a major influence in my decision to volunteer for the Peace Corps. At WVU, I was active in Wesley Foundation, the … Continue reading

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Cousins

The Spanish Armada gives us Irish the genes needed to have a current of Black Irish. Many years ago, I asked my students at Duval High School how many were of Irish ancestry. Most raised their hands that they were. … Continue reading

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