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Mountain Spirit

By Ben Self Born in 1928, Loyal Jones was raised in a farming community in Cherokee County, North Carolina, deep in the Appalachian Mountains. His passions for the people and culture of Appalachia and for fighting poverty in the mountains led him to...

Mountain Spirit

By Susie Hillard Bullock Bob Hutchison’s parents taught him the importance of hard work and sharing—lessons that guide the eastern Kentucky entrepreneur and Christian Appalachian Project board member to this day. “It was the...

Mountain Spirit

By Clay Lester Like a modern day Noah, an older gentleman lines everyone up in pairs of two. Facing my partner, an energetic young lady in her seventies, I allow a moment to orient myself to my surroundings. The open space of the Berea Folk Center,...

Mountain Spirit

By Elizabeth James My daddy always told me not to stand behind someone who was about to cast their fishing line. He warned me that I could get “hooked like a fish.” I believed him with no reservation after a neighbor’s daughter...

By Lynn Fiechter While walking through the Operation Sharing warehouse in Corbin, Kentucky, one can’t help but notice the range of random, donated items. In late July, boxes of prenatal vitamins, entire office suites, crates of clothing, patio...

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