Oh, good Lord, the chill has arrived. As much as Fall in the mountains inspires us with its palette of gold and firelit scarlet and melancholy reverie, that chill is not a welcome visitor. No, not at all, not for us summer folk. That chill stays too long and gets more comfortable the longer it … Continue reading This Ain’t Witchcraft. It’s Wildcraft.
Now I want you little sisters to remember this one thing if you don’t recollect another thing: dying ain’t the worst thing that’ll ever happen to you. The worst thing is to die before you get your call. And let me tell you the truth as I know it. You there, you lean in and … Continue reading Wise Whispers from the Granny Witches
People love bad news. They’ll rip it from its delicate wrapping like some sweet confection and devour it like they haven’t eaten in weeks. And they’ll gladly save you a piece, hoping you’ll take a bite big enough to choke on. But they never want to eat their own candy, of course. Bad news is … Continue reading While Atlanta was a Burnin’
This is a hard place. And we are hard people. All of us know that hardness, even those who have escaped into the rest of the world. We are proud of it. It’s a birthright. A certain bad blood courses through us, as arcane as the land itself. These mountains are family, our very ancestors. … Continue reading For the Queens and Kings of Appalachia
We usually have a summer adventure planned by now. 2008 has been so terribly tumultuous for all of us; we just haven't been our usual laid back, hedonistic selves. Let's see… My dad's illness and subsequent year-long hospitalization… One very tedious and exhausting move from Pennsylvania to North Carolina… Starting a new job… My dad's … Continue reading Solar Rehab
Where did March go? The last four weeks or so have rumbled by like a runaway train, it seems. The busier you are, the quicker time passes. I'm not complaining. I haven't decided yet whether or not March was well spent, but I managed to accomplish quite a few necessaries. I am still an honor … Continue reading Nobody’s Fool
Hello, March, you beastie, you. I have to say, I'm quite glad to see you. I've thought about it, and I don't believe I saw a day of sunshine in the entire month of February. There are people here in western Pennsylvania who are so pale that the sclera of their eyes match their skin … Continue reading Like a Lion