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Lean Times in Appalachia

It’s January. In case you hadn’t noticed. At the grocery store these days, I can buy strawberries and asparagus. This (along with an occasional warm day) supports my delusion that spring is just around the corner. My great-grandmother had no such luxury. The turn of...

BETTER Than Fireworks!

Happy Fourth of July from this red, white, and blue West Virginia writer to YOU! If you didn’t already know, my home state’s motto is: Mountaineers are always free. There’s a serious thread of independence running through the mountains I call home. And what...

Summer by the Yard

A new deck is going up on our house as I write this. And I can hardly wait to sit out there in the cool of the evening. At our last house, my husband and I would often sit on the front porch steps, chatting lazily, watching Thistle poke around, and waving at passing...