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Life and Death in West Virginia

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  1. retiredrugger Link
    I'm originally from Southern California and came out to West Virginia as well a few years ago for University. Parravani captures West Virginia in a very poignant manner and I feel the following...

    I'm originally from Southern California and came out to West Virginia as well a few years ago for University. Parravani captures West Virginia in a very poignant manner and I feel the following excerpt really shows the beauty out here:

    What I observed as I settled in didn’t exactly match those stereotypes. There are progressive activists, and live-off-the-land farmers, and a vibrant community of artists. There are people living high off old money from coal, and people living even higher off new money from fracking. It’s a place with a long history of taking. The people and the earth carry that pain.

    There are incredible people out here and I highly recommend finding some way to look into the community. Whether it be coming out to visit or reading on The House of Hogar or about Catholic Charities

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  2. Pilgrim Link
    My mother grew up in WV in a one-room house where my grandmother raised her. My grandmother was widowed in her late-teens when her husband's truck turned over with a load of lumber for the house...

    My mother grew up in WV in a one-room house where my grandmother raised her. My grandmother was widowed in her late-teens when her husband's truck turned over with a load of lumber for the house they were building. I made many visits to that town when I was growing up. The people are kind, mostly, but taken advantage of, mostly, and I don't see anything indicating that'll change that last bit, unfortunately.

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