About Ancient Footsteps

Ancient footsteps by H.Dean Watson is your source for lively entertainment & memorable events, story, drama, dance and song. Also, thoughtful presentations on various theological issues, regional folklore and… oh yes, the hilarity of Dean’s 90 yr old vintage banjo and Appalachian music, blues and gospel.

 Dean’s Reflections

“Two roads diverged in a wood. I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.”
-Robert Frost

“Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life”
-Friedrich Schiller

“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open up the door to the study and start reading. Take down the dulcimer. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground “
-Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

“A man is always a teller of tales, he lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others, he sees everything that happens to him through them; and he tries to live his life as if he were telling a story.”
-Jean-Paul Sartre

“Every powerful character that we encounter in story is a challenge to our own character and holds the possibility of changing us”
-Daniel Taylor, Ph.D.

“Theology is the study of God and his ways. For all we know, dung beetles may study man and his ways and call it humanology. If so, we would probably be more touched and amused than irritated. One hopes that God feels likewise.”
-Frederick Buechner

“I’m on a wild ride into a revolutionary God!
-H. Dean Watson

“If God didn’t forgive sinners, Heaven would be empty”
-Jimmy Staggs

“”In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son”  Hebrews 1:1-2
And how did the Son speak to us from the shores of Galilee? …HE TOLD STORIES!”
-Fr. William Bausch


Favorite Poems: The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy & Go Down Death from “God’s Trombones” by James Weldon Johnson

Favorite Books: Exploring Christianity by James Howell (an exploration of great hope as well as hard questions).  and Seven Arrows by Hyemeyohsts Storm (an undisputed Native American classic – particularly the story of jumping mouse & the medicine way, a journey into discovery & transformation)


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