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I am weary

Weary of the grind

Weary of the blare

Of unwanted television news

Of the cry of talking heads

Creating economic disaster

With their intrusive blather

Crying in the spilt beer

Of lost financial gain

Weary of television, radio, internet.

I want to run to the hills

Hope for poor signals

Hope for undelivered papers

I want to walk in a woods

Filled with promise

As jack in the pulpits

Sneak through the… Continue

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

Mountains laid low

Mountains destroyed

Hills laid low

Torn open to its heart.

Heart of the mountain

Ancient root of life

Precious black coal

Ripped from the depths

Broken and crushed

Moved, trucked and taken

From the hills of home

To power plants, factories

And homes distant

From our mountains.

The rubble, discard and ruins

Thrown down

Tumbled to the valley

Crushing and filling the hollers

With no thought

Of the beauty…

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 4:22pm — 1 Comment

A Strawberry Eatin' Day

It is a strawberry eatin' day.
A day to wander down to a patch
An' just squat on your haunches
Maybe, if the berries
Are real good an' abundant
We'll just sit right down
In the midst of them vines.
Reachin' out all sorts of ways
Just a grabbin' handfuls
Stuffin' them in our mouths.
Hungry for the sweetness
That runs down our chin
In our passion for summer
An' Strawberries.

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 8:32am — 2 Comments

Father's Day - a Daddy's perspective

Dear Cousins,

First of all, Happy Father's Dady to all of you who are Daddy to someone. It is a wonderful day. You are an unsung hero, a knight who has rescued your children over and over again from the boogerman under the bed, a dentist who had bravely grabbed a loose tooth that just won't give way to little fingers, a tooth fairy who waits till a little one is asleep and slips coins under a pillow in exchange for the tooth you pulled early in the day.

You are the teary-eyed… Continue

Posted on June 15, 2008 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

Daddy's Treasure Chest

When my little brother and I were youngin's, Daddy had a cedar box he brought home from the Smokies as a souvenir. He always called it his treasure box and we imagined it was filled with family trophies and riches handed down through the generations. We would beg to see into it and occasionally Daddy would pull out a sampling of treasures. They were amazing.

About 15 years ago, just before Christmas, Daddy sat on the floor down in Tennessee where he and Mama had retired, got out his… Continue

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 6:51am — 1 Comment

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At 10:58pm on January 2, 2013, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…

Thanks for getting involved with "Our Joined Hands".

Thanks ole Son



At 8:18pm on January 29, 2009, Jonatha Wright said…
Well Cousin Stephen, fancy meeting you on P. Storyteller. Good to find you. I tend to neglect this site, just like I avoid a lot of cyberspace stuff. Nevertheless, I invite you to be my friend. I will try to check from time to time on what you are doing. Harold and I did enjoy running into you out at Waygerzin last October. Jonatha
At 11:11am on September 30, 2008, Pam Holcomb said…
Hi Stephen:

I came across your site today and was intriged. I, too, am a mountain storyteller. I'm from Harlan Co., KY. Where are you located? I'm anxious to learn more about you and your telling.

At 12:29pm on September 28, 2008, Emma Alexander Arthur said…
I have just listened to your story 'Story Dance' on The words danced as you spoke. Wonderful!
At 3:22pm on April 11, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
You'll be welcome.. let me know you're coming and we can split a bean or something tasty... swap tales and have a laugh or two.

Buck... I like Georgetown on a lot of levels.
At 4:47am on April 7, 2008, Wendy Gourley said…
Ah, if we could only get to all the stuff. I wish I had time to write and blog as you do.

At 8:15pm on April 2, 2008, Wendy Gourley said…
Hey Stephen,

I sure would love it and you and cousin Peanut would come on over and join my friend's list. It's great to see you on Professional Storyteller.

Wendy Gourley
At 10:48pm on March 31, 2008, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…
Welcome, "Cousin Stephen"! It's great to see you & look forward to seeing "Ohmadarlin'" at some point.
At 2:54am on March 31, 2008, Dianne de Las Casas, Founder said…
Hi Stephen!

Welcome to Professional Storyteller. I am so glad that you joined the site. I hope that you will start a blog and share some of your witty, wacky stories that have entertained us for years. Are you still producing the brown paper newsletter? I loved it. Poke around and make some friends. It's a lot of fun here. Best wishes!

Dianne de Las Casas
Founder of Professional Storyteller
At 6:08pm on March 30, 2008, Stephen Hollen said…
Glad to be here, dear cousins.



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