Tag Archives: Southwest Virginia

Gone to Conference

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”–Hebrews 10: 25, (King James Bible) I am not sure who first thought … Continue reading

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The Model City

I grew up next to Kingsport, Tennessee.  Kingsport has had several lives, the most recent being a period of industrialization, growth, expansion, and relative decline.  This period was much touted at the beginning as the town became known through the … Continue reading

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Appalachian Values: Don’t Get Above Your “Raisin'”

This saying has been said a lot in the beautiful ancient hills and hollows around the Appalachian Region.   There are several streams of reality that feed into the mindset that produces such a saying.  I’m sure it isn’t unique … Continue reading

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Appalachian Lexicon

It was a symphony really, of words and sounds and inflections that made up the music that ordered our lives. Continue reading

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Chief Logan’s Gift

The gift of Chief Logan to Patrick Porter (who was also my ancestor), is my Native American Heritage. Continue reading

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My Favorite Scrooge

Charles Dickens might have never known George C Scott, but I think he wrote the roll of “Scrooge” just for him.  George was uniquely gifted to growl and wince in the fashion of the keeper of the Scrooge & Marley … Continue reading

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A Sunny Day in Sharon Springs

I drove off the interstate at Bland, turned the opposite direction from town, and headed down one of the most pastoral roads in Southwest Virginia.  Off in the distance was Big Walker Mountain.  Between it and me were scores of … Continue reading

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