Dear Charleston, WV (a love letter)

I know you don’t hear this enough. Your state tops everyone’s “Worst of” lists and someone even said your people are the most unhappy. You do have your problems, but you don’t get the affection you deserve. Even I sometimes catch myself complaining about your small size and a lack of things to do. But I really do love you....more

When a Road Trip Changed My Life

The summer after I was in Eighth Grade, I took a trip with my youth group. We’d been planning for over a year, fund-raising and working toward that goal of renting a cargo van and taking off from our sleepy New England town and heading to parts south for a week. We were participating in a service project for a family in rural Tennessee. Our particular job was to install sheet rock and new floorboards in their home in the Appalachian Mountains, which was way off the beaten path. To say it was a life-changing experience for me seems too trite, too pat....more

Stop Mountaintop Coal Mining

We mine over a billon tons of coal every year in the United States. Around 20 percent of that comes from central Appalachia, where a type of coal mining called mountaintop coal mining is used for about 95 percent or more of the strip-mining. This form of mining is full of controversy and for good reason. ...more
@AVeryGoodYear @blogher what annoys me is how everyone attacks coal, but no one says a word ...more

Celebrating Head Start, Pre-K Learning and Reminder About Donor’s Choice

This is the 43rd anniversary of the federal program known as Head Start. The program was designed to do two important things. One of the first goals was to provide a range of services to low-income families such as education, access to health care, and parental involvement and parent education. Later the Early Head Start program was added that addresses the needs of infants and toddlers as well as their families. Yes, babies now go to school too, accompanied by one of their parents. ...more

It makes good sense. It saves money and gives back what is spent on a child. I keep doing the ...more

Appalachian History, DonorsChoose and Music To Soothe Our Souls

I want to encourage folks to support the Appalachian History project at To be honest, it was tough to pick just one. This particular project however has life changing possibilities. Mrs. L's class needs 15 non-fiction books on Appalachian history and culture. The transfer of cultural information is a crucial element in visualizing success in your future. ...more

Thank you for this post. I have never heard of donorschoose, and appreciate such an easy way to ...more