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.
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- Riverbend Elementary students explore mountain heritage - The Mountaineer
24 Oct 2016 at 2:19pm
Riverbend Elementary students explore mountain heritage
Students at Riverbend Elementary have been exploring the past and learning to appreciate their mountain heritage. The school collaborated with the Mountain Heritage Museum at Western Carolina University to bring to life some ?Appalachian pastimes,? and ...
- Local 'heritage grains' yield increased genetic diversity - Idaho Mountain Ex...
30 Sep 2016 at 5:11am
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Local 'heritage grains' yield increased genetic diversity
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
The Rocky Mountain Heritage Grain Trials Project began earlier this year after 24 students took a three-day Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance grain school course at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. The Arkansas Watershed Grain Project (as the ...
- Art openings, classes, events in and around Asheville - Citizen-Times - Ashev...
24 Oct 2016 at 5:53am
Art openings, classes, events in and around Asheville - Citizen-Times
Art openings, receptions and classes throughout Western North Carolina.
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- Affordable Living in Idyllic Cerro Azul, Panama - International Living
30 Sep 2016 at 6:59am
Affordable Living in Idyllic Cerro Azul, Panama
We had lived rurally at one time in Canada and knew we enjoyed the peace and serenity of mountain living. Cerro Azul was similar to our living situation back home, it offered incredible natural beauty a short drive from the buzz of the big city ...
- What's for Dinner? - Mountain News
29 Sep 2016 at 9:03am
What's for Dinner?
Stinging nettle must be handled with care to avoid being stung, but it has many practical uses, including as a tea or edible plant. stinging nettle. Michigan State University. stinging nettle. The stem of the stinging nettle is especially dangerous to ...
- Kitchen Tour on Tap - Mountain News
29 Sep 2016 at 9:43am
Kitchen Tour on Tap
Cheryl Moxley (second from left) and some of the crew who make the Kitchen Tour possible. Moxley started the Lake Arrowhead chapter of People to People International several years ago. Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:00 am. Kitchen Tour on ...