Tag Archives: West Virginia

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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Ghost Story from West Virginia

MY NIGHT AT JOHN NORTH HOUSE Aha! So that’s the house I heard rumors about. Surely my family can’t believe it’s haunted? After parking on a steep rise above the town center I stared at the rambling brick mansion with … 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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Star-struck

Few people are star-struck these days—unless you mean a movie- or rock-star. How could they be when the nightly spectacle is veiled by light pollution? That expression might strike you as perverse, even as a non sequitur, for isn’t “light” … 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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