COVID-19 Is Teaching Us a Lesson About Economic Dependency. We Should Listen.

Photo by Wonderlane | flicker.com When I was little, nothing excited me more than finding "hidden" places. One of those was my grandparents can house (root cellar). I remember the first time I saw it. One day when we were visiting, my grandmother asked my dad if he'd like some apple butter. I was maybe … Continue reading COVID-19 Is Teaching Us a Lesson About Economic Dependency. We Should Listen.

It’s Not a Left or Right Thing. It’s a Money Thing.

I believe that most people in this nation agree there is too much money in politics. Robin Williams once said that “Politicians should wear sponsor jackets like Nascar drivers. Then we know who owns them.” So why aren’t people doing something about it?The U.S. government is supposed to be a government for the people, by … Continue reading It’s Not a Left or Right Thing. It’s a Money Thing.

Friend of Coal? Read this…

Originally published March 22, 2015 Former Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear | Friends of Coal License Plate Unveiling A while ago I decided to do some investigating on who or what "Friends of Coal" was. What I found surprised me (well... not really). Friends of Coal wasn't a group of coal miners and their families working … Continue reading Friend of Coal? Read this…

Don’t Get National Miner’s Day Wrong

Benham Miner's Memorial, Benham, KY | Nick Mullins There are many reasons we should have a National Miner's Day in this country. First and foremost would be to highlight the sacrifices miners, their families, and mining communities have made in this nation's journey toward world economic superiority. But without taking time to understand — and … Continue reading Don’t Get National Miner’s Day Wrong

It sucks to be rural

Part of me is glad to see the Virginia Legislature wrested from the control of Republicans, but part of me is not happy to see the Democrats in control either. Democrats represent a predominantly urban population. Urban areas exist only by consuming vast amounts of resources that are produced or extracted from rural areas and … Continue reading It sucks to be rural

Where to go from here?: Thoughts on writing, privilege, scholarly activism, and the future of Appalachia

Photo: Nick Mullins - Lick Fork, VA I popped over to Ken Ward’s blog Coal Tattoo and noticed he hadn’t written anything in almost a year and a half. I know the feeling. My last post broke a nearly one-year dry spell, and even then, I hadn’t posted more than maybe five times in a … Continue reading Where to go from here?: Thoughts on writing, privilege, scholarly activism, and the future of Appalachia

Dear Trump Supporters…

The Trumps in their $100+ million NYC Apartment I wanted to take a moment to speak with everyone regarding Trump. Life's been tough in rural America. It always has been. We've been the ones who built this country. The food that was put on the plates of our founding fathers was grown by the hands … Continue reading Dear Trump Supporters…

Some Things Worth Remembering on National Miner’s Day

Photo by Nick Mullins While it is certainly important to lift up those who provide the energy and materials necessary for others to enjoy their comforts and conveniences, we must be careful not to allow specific organizations to use this holiday as a way to spread good PR about their . I am speaking of … Continue reading Some Things Worth Remembering on National Miner’s Day

A Letter to J.D. Vance

Dear Mr. Vance, I read your book Hillbilly Elegy last year. Actually, my family and I listened to it as a free trial on Audible while traveling back and forth to visit my grandfather in the hospital. He was a career coal miner by the way. Several friends and colleagues had advised me not to … Continue reading A Letter to J.D. Vance

Is it Trump or Urban Provincialism?

Clincho, Virginia | Photo: Nick Mullins I was raised rural in the Appalachian Mountains. I spent my childhood in two separate worlds, the beauty of nature where along with my father, brother, and sometimes cousins, we'd hike along the ridge lines, explore the hollows and creeks, and perhaps hunt and fish a little. The other … Continue reading Is it Trump or Urban Provincialism?