I have a beautiful poem that was saved in my grandparents’ trunk that began with the line: “in the backwoods of Missouri in the days of long ago when religion was religion and not a dressy fashion show!”

At the age of 74, I like to revisit the backwoods of Arkansas and Noel, Mo., not far from where I was born at home. I sense I have a mission to tell as many stories as I can about my life as a legacy for anyone who might need encouragement.

Harding University alumna Sarah Hudson Pierce can be reached at sarahp9957@aol.com.

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