Author Archives: Carlene Hill Byron

About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at, and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.

Speak? No, don’t speak.

Speak? No, don’t speak. Seriously. Don’t speak. Here’s what I learned about open communications over 40 years of adult living: First I was a newspaper reporter during the time when reporters were expected to maintain “objectivity” about the news. Don’t … Continue reading

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Spiritual Transfusions for Bad Blood: Charlottesville, Tulsa and My Ancestry

If family history research teaches anything, it is that none of us is without some fundamental sinfulness that tarnishes our family line across many generations. So while I can join those who are reeling in horror at the weekend’s events … Continue reading

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Book Review: When Faith Catches Fire

This book makes the case that the US church has a great deal to learn from Latin-American immigrant congregations. No argument there. It points out the passion and enthusiasm of Hispanic Christians, notes their frequent transition from traditional Catholic roots … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Try Too Hard?

I’m a desk-worker by trade who is currently “trying” to lay a brick walkway at my home. Right now, I’m still at the shoveling stage: shovel out 18 inches of dirt, shovel in a sand and gravel mix. This morning, … Continue reading

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A Cake, the Klan, a Senator’s Stand

I have two writerly “woohoos!” today! First, my piece about Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, her conscientious stand against 1950s hatred, and her yummy blueberry cake, appears in the lead position at The Redbud Post this month.     Then, … Continue reading

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