Blind Pig & the Acorn
Mountain living for me was growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. When I was still a boy, my family traveled all over the USA. We climbed the lofty Rockies and the Sierra Nevada range. We spent time in the Ozarks and visited the White Mountains in the Northeast. Vivid memories of scenic heights and wonderful people from coast to coast.....
There were valleys, too, and deserts, plains and prairies, beaches and badlands. All of these distant places had a beauty I could appreciate; seeing them in person only strengthened my love of adventure and the open road.
Every journey and destination has had some influence on me, but my passions were molded in the mountain life of my youth. The New River winding through the valley, the hazy Blue Ridge horizon, the unique Appalachian country music, simple faith, and mountain heritage of my people have all converged within me to help determine who I am. I don't live on a mountain, but I will always live with a mountain view.
Take a few moments to read my pages. Try a few links. Maybe you'll rediscover a dormant passion or find a new interest. You may find your heart wandering back to your own time of mountain living, or you may find it being drawn to explore places you've never been.
Planted in the Old Dominion -
The ‘college town’ of Radford, Virginia, is where I was born and spent the first few years of my life. I remember most walking the downtown streets while shopping at Leggett's and Roses with my mother, standing in awe at the scale of the New River bridge, staying up late for movies at the Hi Way drive-in, and wondering what made the unique smell coming from the west end foundry. I enjoyed seeing the huge bear sign outside the old grocery store, eating great fast food from Kenney's Restaurant, watching the outdoor drama The Long Way Home, and staring at the hippies at Radford College. Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again. Home is never the same when you move to make one somewhere else. When I do get back to Radford, it is sad to see most of these things from home are no longer around. One bright spot for preserving mountain heritage is The Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center at Radford University.
Fair Dublin Town -
While still a small child, I moved to the nearby community of Dublin. My parents had purchased a house on Maple Street that in my eyes was as large as any castle and just as old and mysterious. Some of my most precious childhood memories are of enjoying that old farmhouse and yard with its huge maples. Christmas felt like I was living in a Currier & Ives print. I remember walking home from school (and seeing most of the town), the lovable Dudley brothers, and surviving the blizzard of '77, when I missed a month of school. I enjoyed nights at the New River Valley fair, more great food at Duke's drive-in, shopping at Wade's grocery store, and camping at nearby Claytor Lake. The Dudley's have all passed, and the cold winters elude us, but happily, the farmhouse, fair, and lake all remain for others to enjoy.
Mountain Heritage articles-25 Aug 2016 at 9:43pm
- The Preservation Of Mountain Heritage - WCQS
23 Aug 2016 at 6:40pm
The Preservation Of Mountain Heritage
When we think about the Appalachian Mountains, what often comes to mind for many Americans is their natural beauty, their small towns, huge forests, their dueling banjos and the unique locals that pick away at them ? whatever it is that comes to mind, ...
- NC Mountain State Fair expands Mountain Heritage Circle - Caldwell Journal
22 Aug 2016 at 6:43pm
NC Mountain State Fair expands Mountain Heritage Circle
FLETCHER, NC (August 22, 2016)?Mountain Heritage Circle has long been the heart of the N.C. Mountain State Fair, filled with artisans sharing the cultural heritage of Western North Carolina. This year, fair organizers plan to add new exhibitors to the ...
- Century 21 Mountain Heritage Realty 304-822-3507 - Hampshire Review
3 Aug 2016 at 8:13pm
Century 21 Mountain Heritage Realty 304-822-3507
Delray - Single Family Detached - Country Getaway! Nice home with a cozy cabin feel, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, master bedroom with full bath & laundry room, spacious front deck, nice back yard, 2 sheds, 2+ acres, furnished! Borders state land!! $94,900.
Mountain Living / Mountain Life25 Aug 2016 at 9:43pm
- Youth Sought for New Council - Mountain News
25 Aug 2016 at 8:37am
Youth Sought for New Council
Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford is looking for a few good young men and women. The 20 to 25 high school students will become part of the 2nd District Youth Council; they will serve as an advisory board to the supervisor. The Youth Council ...
- Strong Women Take the Stage - Mountain News
25 Aug 2016 at 8:37am
Strong Women Take the Stage
It will be a night of strong women?who are strong singers?at the Tudor House this Saturday, Aug. 27. Mountain resident Gwendolyn Daniels will open the evening with her heartfelt lyrics and soaring vocals. Folks who have heard her sing before will be ...
- County Launches Disaster Preparedness App - Mountain News
25 Aug 2016 at 8:37am
County Launches Disaster Preparedness App
Local public safety officials are encouraging residents to protect themselves and their loved ones before, during and after a disaster by using a new smartphone app created through the San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services (County OES) in ...