Monthly Archives: February 2014

As I think about your sorrow, I have wished I could have taken Beatrice’s place

My dear children, Herbie, Chedie, and Constance, my mind has been with you every moment since I received Chedie’s letter —that was the 8th—except when I was asleep, and then often dreaming about you. I think there is no one who can so fully understand the extent of your sorrow as myself. I know what […]

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The number of railroad accidents made the need for a hospital strongly felt

“The Western Maryland Hospital, the first institution of its kind in Allegany County, was erected on Baltimore Avenue to minister to the suffering. The building stands there as a monument to the public-spirited women who made the hospital possible. “In 1888, thirty five years ago, a group of Cumberland women, realizing their duty to fellow […]

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Modern carpenters would not know what cracking a log was

Those who never lived in a mountainous country are often surprised at the sight of what we call sleds, slides or sledges, made of the bodies of small trees with crooked ends, turning upward like those of sleigh runners, though much more clumsy and heavy. As these runners wore down they were “shod” by tacking […]

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Answering the question: ‘Mommy, I wonder if there is a Nellie?’

Please welcome guest author Emily Kale. Kale is a writer for the Marketing and Communications Group at The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, at Virginia Tech. This piece was written for Black History Month and originally appeared in the Roanoke Times on February 22. It is reprinted here with permission.   Nothing in life is arbitrary. That’s […]

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Book Review: ‘Shake Terribly the Earth: Stories from an Appalachian Family’

Please welcome guest book reviewer Tricia Fulks. Fulks is a freelance digital journalist and adjunct professor located in North Central West Virginia. She previously worked as an associate producer on “Hollow: An Interactive Documentary” and as a newspaper editor in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Fulks currently resides in Bridgeport, W.Va., where she continues to pursue […]

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