A Thank You to My Beloved Community

In a heartfelt recount of attending the Appalachian Studies Association conference amidst profound grief, a mother shares the painful yet transformative experience of losing her only son. Through encounters with poignant Bible verses, the wisdom of authors like Ron Rash, and the concept of “blood memory” explored by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, she finds solace and strength in her Appalachian community. This narrative captures a journey of resilience, the power of shared heritage, and the unspoken bonds of support that sustain us through our darkest times.

Aidan and the Roaring Balsams: A Mother’s Heart in the Wind

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In “Aidan and the Roaring Balsams: A Mother’s Heart in the Wind,” a grieving mother shares her heart-wrenching journey through the loss of her son, Aidan. From the violent winds of the Balsams reflecting her tumultuous grief to the poignant memories and final farewells, this narrative explores the depths of maternal love, the struggle with unbearable loss, and the quest for solace in the wake of tragedy. Join her as she navigates through the painful aftermath, finds expression in writing, and pays tribute to a beloved son gone too soon.

Hearth and Heritage: A Tale of Family Bonds and Nature’s Beauty in the Appalachians

A young girl sitting at the base of a large tree on a forested hillside with a dog on her lap, gazing out over the misty landscape of Balsam Grove, NC.

Discover the beauty of Appalachian heritage in this blog post, blending daily life with nature’s wonders. Experience a heartwarming narrative of family, tradition, and the serene landscapes of Sunburst and Balsam Grove, infused with reflections on history and nature’s timeless lessons. Perfect for enthusiasts of storytelling, history, and the great outdoors.

Riding High on Feminism: A Steer, A Girl, and Appalachian Grit

A cowgirl in a denim jacket and helmet is riding a bucking bull in a rodeo arena, with her arm triumphantly raised, as spectators watch in the background under an American flag.

Discover Sabrina’s captivating account at the Madison County Rodeo, where an eleven-year-old’s bull riding ambition embodies the spirit of feminism amidst Appalachian traditions. Witness a community’s evolution through the lens of a photographer dedicated to celebrating the fearless women of the Appalachians. Join us for a story of courage, heritage, and the echoes of progress in the Southern mountains.