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Family ties, love of land help define Appalachians

Abby Vitatoe
January 4, 2021

I have been raised in a small community with a big reputation. I have been raised in the deepest roots of Appalachia: the place where you can find cornbread and soup beans in gas stations. The place...

Growing up in Appalachia has made me more resilient

Kiki Dean
January 3, 2021

The day I was born, I became an ignorant Appalachian hillbilly. I was born to a stereotypical Appalachian family: a generational coal miner and a high school dropout. I have had a particularly diverse...

Family, friends are what make me an Appalachian

Family, friends are what make me an Appalachian
December 20, 2020

What makes me Appalachian? This is a very difficult question for me because there are lots of things that make me who I am today, including Appalachia. Appalachian is a small town get together on events. Appalachian...

Unexplainable bond ties residents of Appalachia together

Ciara Browning
December 14, 2020

Appalachia is more than a region. We are more than a statistic, a preconceived notion or a stereotype. We are different from the people in big towns in unique ways. This is what makes our culture so different...

Proud to be an Appalachian resident of Harlan County

McKinley Bradley
December 7, 2020

To me, the term Appalachian defines a culture foreign to many others. We are seen as outsiders who are set in our ways, unaccepting to anyone but our own kind. For me, what makes me Appalachian is simple...

Being Appalachian is a state of mind

Lacey Fields
December 1, 2020

I suppose you could say that everyone who grew up in Appalachia is an Appalachian. But for me, it’s more a state of mind, upbringing or way of life. But we all feel differently and our reasons for how...

Many things make me Appalachian, including family and traditions

Jacob Brown
November 23, 2020

Appalachian culture is a real and functioning way of life revealed through its arts and crafts, traditional music, traditional foods, its customs, its traditions and its somewhat common language. Traditional...

Taking pride in proving stereotypes of Appalachia and its people are wrong

Brandy Adams
November 15, 2020

If you conduct a Google search to address the question of “what is an Appalachian person,” you will receive an answer that reads “The people of Appalachia are often portrayed as lazy, tobacco smoking,...

Free yourself by learning to forgive

Free yourself by learning to forgive
March 17, 2018

Who hasn’t been hurt by the actions or words of another? Perhaps you’ve had your heart broken, a parent was always criticizing you growing up, or maybe you’ve had a traumatic experience. It’s...

Teen Corner – Attacking fear by stepping on stage

Teen Corner - Attacking fear by stepping on stage
February 25, 2018

I don’t know if I’ve ever felt as nervous than I have since I decided to try out for the school musical. I remember being forced into public speaking in elementary school and presenting a speech about...

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