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-16 Jan 2017 at 12:36pm
- Mountain Heritage duo, Landrum on 2-A all-state team - Asheville Citizen-Times
7 Jan 2017 at 1:35pm
Mountain Heritage duo, Landrum on 2-A all-state team
Mountain Heritage seniors Adam Shuford and Devan Woody along with Hendersonville junior Tykel Landrum have been selected to the NCPreps.com 2-A all-state football team. The complete team can be viewed at this link. All three players were received ...
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- Carolina Day Sweeps Tourney, Mountain Heritage edges Pisgah - WLOS
30 Dec 2016 at 1:04am
Carolina Day Sweeps Tourney, Mountain Heritage edges Pisgah
Mountain Heritage beat Pisgah 50-42 in the girls action at the Mountaineer Holiday Classic in Waynesville Thursday. This was the rubber game between the two teams, they split in two meetings earlier this year. Thursday, Pisgah jumped out to an 11-2 ...
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- Get Away To North Georgia's Mountain Beauty With A Touch Of Bavaria ? No Pass...
16 Jan 2017 at 9:33am
Get Away To North Georgia's Mountain Beauty With A Touch Of Bavaria ? No Passport Required
... when the early settlers came to this remote area. Stop by the Welcome Center in downtown Helen to see the sketches that tell the story of Helen. A village with a mountain heritage and a touch of Bavaria, Helen has created a unique experience for ...
Mountain Living / Mountain Life16 Jan 2017 at 12:36pm
- Pristine mountain living: the death of Dark Corner - Tryon Daily Bulletin
27 Dec 2016 at 9:07pm
Pristine mountain living: the death of Dark Corner
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Researchers and authors Anne McCuen, Mann Batson, J.W. Lawrence and I have spent many years learning and relating the history of the unique mountain area known as the Dark Corner. Our anecdotal histories have delineated it like no other comparable ...
- Those who left us - The Mountain -Ear
16 Jan 2017 at 10:07am
The Mountain -Ear
Those who left us
The Mountain -Ear
Barbara Lawlor, Peak to Peak. When the clock ticks its final 2016 tock, we, as family members, neighbors, and community members have said goodbye to many loved ones in the past year. The circle of life goes on and those close to us move out of our ...
- Penny Shubnell?A Living Example of the Community Spirit - Mountain News
5 Jan 2017 at 8:17am
Penny Shubnell?A Living Example of the Community Spirit
The most recent recipient of the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award is Crestline resident Penny Shubnell. She said she couldn't be more thrilled to have been chosen, since she said ?it's a prestigious award.? She added that ...