Tag Archives: West Virginia

An Excerpt from Damn Yankee Buttons, a book I am working on: ….my experience calls into question some of the fairly blatant generalizations you made back in 1994. Shortly into your observations about humans in the Appalachian Mountains, you grab … Continue reading

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Coach LeRose

Coach LeRose The Charleston Gazette  2003   To appear in Sam’s Branch Essays, a book I am working on: Sammy LeRose was a young 37. He was our new football coach. He was quick in his step, confident, successful and … Continue reading

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Names for sale

An excerpt from Sam’s Branch Essays, a book I am working on. I despair at the commercialism that causes ball parks and bowl games to be named for whatever company puts up the money.  Poor Watt Powell.[1] It’s getting as bad … Continue reading

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Progressland

Excerpts from Sam’s Branch Essays, a book I am working on: Progressland all looks alike. It is four lane highways that have destroyed small business in small-town America. There are trashy stretches of fast food joints and filling stations on … Continue reading

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Byrd and Mountain Top Removal

An excerpt from Damn Yankee Buttons, a book of essays and short stories I am working on. Near the end of his life, after a political career of supporting the coal industry, Byrd expressed misgivings about mountain top removal strip mining. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Summers County Couple lived, died together

Charleston Gazette, Friday, January 15, 2009, Summers County Couple lived, died together By Chris Chanlett Chris, a small farmer and landscaper in Summers County. On Dec. 10 [2008] the Summers County, West Virginia, Department of Natural Resources, acting on a … Continue reading

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