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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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