Listening is what a patient needs most

Hard time is here
And ev’rywhere you go
Hard times is harder
Than th’ever been befo’

The opening lines of a century-old Delta blues song rings out among the stars and the dark of a rural Virginia night.  I sit tenuously awake atop an old wooden stump in front of a farmhouse, where four minds sleep peacefully inside. It is 3:00 am. From the window I hear the sound of the needle dragging …

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