Tag: Appalachia

West Virginia Woman

The real ones are rare. Being born on the land doesn’t guarantee you will grow into a true West Virginian woman. Soft and callous creatures, tempting fate and sustaining on old dreams passed down from our great grandmothers. The Cherokee bloodline combined somewhere with the Irish heritage. The dreams are haunting, terrifying, and true. She is the truth holding light…

Just A Girl

I’m the girl…  The one you think is pretty enough to take home to meet your mother, until you realize I’m a complete mess. And your mother is going to hate me for one of two reasons. The first perception and reason is she’ll judge the picture in front of her. She’ll think my life has been buckets of lemonade…

Appalachian Grit

“Hey, Punk, I feel like bleeding tonight.”  Strip it away. Strip away the perception. Rip out the fake hair. Wash away the conditioned, weathered face. Can you see my dark spots? I’ve been living too close to the sun. Burnt up by rays scorching my freckled lace shoulders. Posting filtered images with fake smiles. Trying to paint over those Prozac…

Recognizing the Unrecognizable

The snow is flying in speckles outside the window. White flakes furiously prance in a surreal glitter glory. My face is naked staring at the reflection in my hundred year old vanity. Three mirrors, yellowed and fading with curling and peeling edges, surround a surface coated in coffee cup rings. Stains from starting my morning and spilling caffeine trying to…

Come Visit Me on The Mid Today!

I am so honored and grateful to have a piece featured today on The Mid. The words published there are a part of my heart. They are about my home, and my own Mommy. Yes, I still call her ‘Mommy’, she will always be my Mommy. I don’t write about my mother often, out of love and protection. But, I…

Pure Hell: A Guide to Toddler Torture

Last weekend was all about how my husband and I could torture our little boy. We started with taking him to our local amusement park. Because it claims to have ‘Fun for All.’ Although the park does not have the latest and greatest thrill rides, it is a quaint place where every child who has grown up around this region…

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