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Go Rest High on that Mountain: Reflections on a Mountain Man’s Life

Saturday my wife and I, and her cousin were sitting with him in his room when he drew his last belabored breath in this life. One of his last requests was for my wife to take him “up the mountain.” When men from his family say that, they are referring to something more final than a trip up a hill. Continue reading

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Birds, Feathers, and Flocking Together

One of the more curious Appalachian traditions I’ve heard has to do with the meaning of things that happen occasionally.  Things like the fogs in August (which is not just Appalachian), that tradition purportedly tells you how many snows you’re … Continue reading

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A Maundy Thursday in the Coal Fields

Coal miners don’t have time for theory.  They want to know the facts, and they want to know them as plain as you can make them.  Under the ground you depend for your life on facts that will help you … Continue reading

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