Coins in the Ashes: A Family Story of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace

Coins in the Ashes: A Family Story of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace

by Joe McHugh


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Coins in the Ashes: A Family Story of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace by Joe McHugh

Do our ancestors play a meaningful role in our lives today? Can they make their presence felt through the agency of serendipity, those marvelous coincidences that defy our rational attempts to explain them away?
In 2009, radio journalist Joe McHugh set out on a journey to find the family of an African-American woman named Helen who cared for him when he was a young child and who helped his family survive a terrible tragedy. Armed only with her first name and a passing reference to a house fire in a letter written in 1952, he visited the places that shaped the early lives of his parents, interviewed family members and historians, and searched through archives in hopes of uncovering a clue that might lead him to his goal.
This is the chronicle of that quest. It is also a meditation on how relationships, especially those during early childhood, determine the physical structure and health of our brains and how love and faith, even during the darkest of times, can transform our lives in ways beyond imagining.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780961994396
Publisher: Calling Crane Publishing
Publication date: 02/13/2015
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 800,183
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Joe McHugh is a traditional storyteller, musician, and award-winning public radio journalist. In 1970, he purchased an eighty-acre farm in Gilmer County, West Virginia, where he raised goats, chickens, and draft horses. He also fell in love with the traditional music and storytelling of the southern Appalachian mountains. He has served as a consultant for numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations including the United States Justice Department, California Department of Education, National Council of Family Court and Juvenile Judges, and California School Library Association. His radio work has been featured on numerous public radio stations around the country as well as Morning Edition, Inside Appalachia, and Voice of America.
He is married to Paula Blasius-McHugh who is a musician and artist. They have performed together at libraries, schools, festivals, and colleges throughout the United States and in England, Scotland, and Ireland.

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