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Tennessee Fall Homecoming

Next weekend, October 10-12, is the 35th Annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming located in Norris, TN. According to their website, “The three-day Homecoming is one of the nation’s largest and most authentic music and folk festivals.” 89 more words


Asheville, Southern Charm, and the Journey North

It’s 7am and we just pulled out of the Amtrak station in Charlotte. It was still pitch black when Stephie and I left the house at six but now the light is steadily growing and changing the sky from dark black-purple to orange, and now to neon pink. 1,244 more words

Hashtag Heartwork: Notes on the Relationship between Place and Identity

A Note to Readers

This is a reflection on place and identity in Appalachia, on the relationship between the places where residents of that region labor and how they imagine themselves and are viewed by others. 2,384 more words


Fracking’s Greatest Threat – Fractured Relationships

We all lose when we allow corporations to exploit and divide us

By Michael M. Barrick

Note: This is the third installment in a series about fracking, (hydraulic fracturing for natural gas), controversial because of its impact on public safety and health, as well as the environment. 435 more words


Fall 2014: Work, Meditation, and Running

Fall 2014, like every semester before, has been very busy. In addition to teaching and administrative duties, I am serving as a program committee member for the 2015 Appalachian Studies Association conference, an organizing committee member for the Fourth Annual Global Conference on Economic Geography, and I’ve just completed an external review of a master’s dissertation for a student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. 443 more words

On His Seventh Birthday

by Polly Hollar Pauley

On my son’s seventh birthday this summer, we breakfasted out, per his request, and then spent five hours at a local vineyard enjoying music, feasting, and visiting while we celebrated our dear friends’ wedding anniversary. 785 more words



The reentry into Kentucky was not the smoothest, but I am home, and she has me now. The move went as well as disasters can be beautiful. 18 more words