Tag Archives: Appalachia

Fall Colors in Appalachia

Most people in this region look forward to the fall more than any other season, despite this being the prologue to winter. Starting in September at the atlas or far end of Appalachia, color changes ripple down the spine to … Continue reading

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Carving for the Ages (Petroglyphs)

A slab of yellow sandstone larger than a dinner plate lay at the foot of an old maple tree close to a woodland trail in the Allegheny Mountains. The shadow of an inscription on its flat face made me pause … Continue reading

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Mountaintop Removal

“Remember to remove the I Love Mountains bumper sticker before heading into coal country.” That was advice I gave myself before touring counties where mountaintops are being “removed” by open mining in the heart of Appalachia. I wasn’t a declared … Continue reading

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Bertie Cutlip – Appalachian Poet

Last June I posted a story about my visit to an old country lady who lives down a ‘holler’ in the West Virginia mountains. Visiting Bertie Cutlip is an experience that lifts hearts, which is an extraordinary gift because her life was never … Continue reading

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In a Nutshell

“This chestnut orchard (or forest as one may call it) spread along the mountainside as far as the eye could see. The expanse of broad-topped, fruitful trees was interspersed with a string of villages of stone houses. The villages were … Continue reading

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