A Pacifist in Theory Only

An excerpt from that book I hope to publish soon, maybe?
The title is still The Soviet Union and Lincoln County USA

On the way home, I stopped to talk with some friends about what had just happened. When Luke and I got home, there was a piece of firewood leaning against the front storm door as a calling card. Later the man drove by our house, turned around, and stopped his car out front. I was afraid he was going to come in the house.
I loaded my shotgun and leaned it against the inside wall as I walked out on the porch. I stood and looked at the car until it finally left. If the man had come on the porch, I intended to shoot him. He was not going to hurt Luke or hurt me in front of Luke again. Luckily for us all, he didn’t get out of the car.
The next morning he called and apologized and told me I had almost bit his finger off. I am a pacifist in theory only.

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to Amazon.com 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 (wvhighlands.org), and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation (ksff.org). 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 martinjul@aol.com or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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