Books I am reading

The Making Of An Un-American and The Tribes of America by the late Paul Cowan, Paul was a writer for the Village Voice in NYC, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, active in the Committee of Returned Volunteers–a group dedicated to ending the Vietnam War and where I met him. 

Mann and Nature; A Collection of Essays  Some of Perry Manns Essays. He is a lawyer in Hinton, West Virginia, a farmer and a frequent contributor to the Charleston Gazette editorial page.

And every morning I read two pages of Ogden Nash and an article in one of my accumulation, since 1983, of Goldenseal magazine and before the day is over the editorial page of the Charleston Gazette (and the sports page).

I await the third volume of Pogo comic strips.




About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (, and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation ( I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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