I Am Reading

The Origin of Species  by Charles Darwin–easy to read, no kidding.

The Olcott Correspondent by Jim Ryan. Jim is my barber in Alum Creek, West Virginia

Just finished reading The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change and Basketball’s Lost Triumph  by Scott Ellsworth

Three books I wrote: Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories; The Soviet Union and Lincoln County USA; Sarvice Mountain, can all be found on Amazon.com and in Charleston, West Virginia at:Taylor Books; The West Virginia Market in the Capital Market; and The Charleston Bread Store. Or email me at martinjul@aol.com for instructions on how to order directly from me (Julian Martin)

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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