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Karen Nolan Bell
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Writing about Appalachia with a touch of mystery.
Writing about Appalachia with a touch of mystery.

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Appalachian Words of the Week - AND ONE TO GROW ON!
This week I'm sharing the words that brought a sense of dread to my life every year at this time. AND ONE TO GROW ON! Do you know what they mean? Tomorrow is my birthday. Every year on my birthday, it seemed the entire world showed up to torture and assault...
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Appalachian Word of the Week -- SHAKER
You may call it something else, but in my house we called it the SHAKER. What's a SHAKER? It's a piece of metal (usually iron) that came with whichever stove your family used to heat your house. We had one that fit the pot-bellied stove when we first moved ...
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Appalachian Word of the Week -- FOUNDERED
Have you ever gotten FOUNDERED on something? Don't know what that is? I'll explain. On New Year's Day, I indulged in the long-standing tradition in my family of eating black-eyed peas. They were delicious. And since I was the only one here to partake of the...
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Appalachian Word of the Week - Traditions
Traditions. New Year’s Day seems to be filled with them. When asked why people repeat family traditions on the eve or day of a new year, most of my friends tell me it’s because “that’s what my family did.” But why? Is it because we feel all warm and fuzzy a...
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Mountain Memories -- Steel Saucer Sled
What was it every Appalachian kid dreamed about this time of year? Santa? Well, maybe. But what was the most important thing? Snow! Snow--and lots of it--meant we could get out of school early for Christmas vacation. Snow meant we could have our fill of sno...
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