Reprinted with permission from the July issue of PineStraw Magazine.

Not long ago, while taking a back road home from the coast, I rounded a curve and saw a handsome old farmhouse sitting in an overgrown field, clearly abandoned, with wild roses claiming one end of its sagging porch. 

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Jim Hart

Just an incredible column, Mr. Dodson....Thought provoking is so many ways. Needless to say, you are spot on with it. Rev. Coffin sounds like he was an incredible human being. His description of what a true patriot is one of the most insightful observations I ever recall reading.

Thank you for all of your thought provoking and inspirational writings. You are a treasure to Pinehurst and Moore County.

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