Blowing Their Tops

Emerald green, the Appalachian Mountains were draped in a cloud of snow white chiffon. As the sun peeked through, the veil of clouds lifted, and revealed a ruinous scar that cut across her once lovely face.

The blasted mountaintops, a billboard in of themselves, announced we were in coal country, where coal is king. The coal had been mined in a process known as MTR (mountaintop removal).  Deeply saddened, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize the process for what it was, destructive.  On, oh, so many levels.


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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