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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Goodbye, Appalachia

Dear Appalachia: I want to start this letter with a little anecdote. A couple of weeks ago, I reopened some of my journals from the months right before I was set to go to graduate school. In those pages, I talked about how I hoped to one day come back to my beautiful home state … Continue reading Goodbye, Appalachia