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March 14, 2013

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So many memories in those pictures. Also, so many things we can still see in the country here today. Slide number 7 reminds me of a sign near here on the highway, it says "Jesus is coming back" and below it, someone wrote, "And boy is he ticked." That's probably right! I look around at things some humans do to other humans, and what some humans do to children and animals, and I think God must look down on us and cry sometimes. I pray one day we wake up and start walking gently on this earth, with each other and with all of God's creation. I fervently pray so, one day real soon!!!

God bless.

RB
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the media always love to downgrade our area. But, I wouldn't touch their cities and fancy way of life with a 10 ft. pole. As to sayings, my English teacher used to tell us to 'turn on our brain before we turned on our speakers.'

Roger, you captured the beauty and hardships of your home place. I missed your posting yesterday because I was 'knee deep' in writing my next book "Fiddler of the Mountains" from over in Clay County North Carolina.

As children we had the honor of being from 'the poorest county' in North Carolina. NOW our county HAS BEEN DISCOVERED and our mountain tops have been destroyed by the building of houses - tied to cables in the stones - to hold the houses on the mountains. Mountain folks have no money and no VOICE - except through devoted folks like you.

Sincerely, Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D. AUTHOR "The Matheson Cove - In the Shadow of the Devil's Post Office" 2007

I like what Bradley has for his comment. The people who write books about a place and culture hardly know what they are talking about. They have never lived and felt it in their hearts, the love we have where we were born. Usually they just copy someone else work. I loved the pictures. Not finished looking.

Peggy L.

I looove Roger May!!! As an avid photographer of Appalachian people and places, I'm always looking for the inspiration to step up a level. Mr. May tugs at my heart and makes me think, too. Thanks for featuring him today- everyone who loves photography and our culture can learn a lot from him.

Sounds like a similar story to mine as I return to Appalachia NEXT MONTH!! I will definitely check out his complete story and website. It sounds like a must see.

These are beautiful pictures!

Tipper,
I enjoyed Roger's pictures alot.
Also I agree with Shirla, seems
everytime the "networks" do a
documentary on our homeland, they
manage to mess it up...Ken

Yes, that is a loving testament. I like his pictures and I like his words. They are both a testament of the life and values of a people.....us!

I will have to check out Roger's blog since he writes about and photographs an area close to my hometown. CNN's "Regression To The Mean" couldn't be any worse than Diann Sawyer's mini series on Appalachia. I can't remember the name of the show, but she ruffled some feathers when she found the poorest 'Mountain Dew mouth' family living in the poorest conditions and used her cameras to embarrass us around the world.
The mountains are truly a natural beauty that is being destroyed by mountain top removal. When I visit down home, I think of Barbara Woodall's book, "It's Not My Mountain Anymore"

I agree that the pictures tell a story almost better than words. They allow for personal interpretation. Perhaps, one day the photographer will use the pictures to tell his story. I did like the use of two ears and one mouth. I had never thought of my physical features being used in that way.

My father in law was a coal miner in Pennsylvania. I love how Roger May phrased "a visual love letter to Appalachia, the land of my blood." His photos are almost poetic. As transplanted Appalachian natives (Both Southern Appalachia and Northern Appalachia).My husband and I can identify.

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Amen! What a wonderful testimony.

I agree with Roger. And (this is only my opinion) it seems to me that any documentary no matter how well researched is better presented by those that have a first hand knowledge. It is hard for some to remain objective when discussing others. You know, that old parallax problem.

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