Tag Archives: Appalachia

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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Bertie’s Latest Poem

The first time we met Bertie she was sitting behind bottles of apple butter and pickled vegetables laid out on a wooden table in the green outside Sharp’s Store in West Virginia. The bottles were lined up in serried ranks, … Continue reading

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