A Requiem for Appalachia

How 2016 permanently damaged my relationship to my home, my family, and my roots. It was the day after the election in 2016, and I was talking to my Mom. “I’m sorry that your candidate lost,” she said, “and I know how sad you must be. But I want you to know that no matter … Continue reading A Requiem for Appalachia

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Weekly Rant: West Virginia, We Need to Talk

You know, for a while there I'm sure (as The Onion put it) that West Virginia was feeling pretty smug watching the slow-moving disaster in Virginia. Well, never let anyone think that we can't hold our own when it comes to looking like huge dumbasses on the national stage. Cue Eric Porterfield, West Virginia Delegate. His behaviour … Continue reading Weekly Rant: West Virginia, We Need to Talk