I am revising a book that I've written about living in Appalachia, and I came across the entry that I posted on my blog: TnMtnHome.blogspot.com while I lived in Appalachia. Mountain Mama's son had died suddenly, and I wanted to honor his memory. I am a firm believer that every action we take leaves an eternal mark on the earth and all in it. I am so proud to be a member of a group that works toward so much positive impact. To see the full entry, see: http://tnmtnhome.blogspot.com/2009/10/legends-laughter-and-love.html


i read frank's story from your blog and i feel as if i knew him. indeed he was a big presence in his society. wish i could have picked the pears also.(fruits are expensive in zimbabwe). and i feel that he was such a huge part of the community and should be honored. thank you am inspired to also honor great inspirational people in my life who have died.

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest. regards pela

I am so happy when what I do can inspire others. Thank you for your kind and supportive words. I am currently working with Frank's 93-year-old mother, telling the story of her works and that of her family in building an Appalachian community.


that is good i have been following on WP but would enjoy more about her and her life. i am googling appalachian right now its a new word. just read about the community are the many stereotypes about the culture being dispelled now. please do share more or give me a link to their way of life now. just read from wikipedia but would be interested in knowing more about the appalach culture. why your interest in this group?

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest. regards pela

What a path you have put me on! How do I explain why I have such interest in this group? I have not asked myself why before. I think the short answer may be that the people I have lived with in Appalachia so remind me of my own grandparents who had many of the same challenges growing up in the very isolated, uneducated south Louisiana bayou country of the twentieth century United States of America.

The group of people that I have come to love in Appalachia have little formal education, and have created families who are now educated and successful on their own. This despite their struggles to survive in the very rural, heavily forested mountains of southeastern Tennessee. The isolation caused by difficulty of travel in both regions were much the same.

I have written extensively about this family and about what I and my husband shared with them while living among them on a blog that I did while living there. The link to that blog is TnMtnHome.blogspot.com. Many of those entries I have collected into two books Our Tennessee Mountain Home and Our Tennessee Mountain Home II, both available on Amazon. The hamlet is called Coker Creek. You can find information on the area at CokerCreek.org.

I am working on the family histories of the area, and will let you know when I'm ready to publish these in book form.

I post information about the success of their area as inspiration for what can happen in a generation with hard work, discipline and determination.

Thank you for your interest.

Blessings to you, Pela. Yvette