Tag Archives: North Carolina

Why I Love Black Walnuts

First Posted June 2006

When I was a boy one of my father’s sisters gave him a tree, a sapling, and we planted it in the back yard in Denver. He said it was a black walnut from the mountains of western North Carolina, which are practically owned by the Scotch-Irish, his people. That gnarly stick of a tree […]

“Stand Up That Mountain”

Review of a book that’s not being reviewed

In search of my Appalachian gene, lite. To baby-boomer outsiders, “Deliverance” was a scary movie, but then so was “The Milagro Beanfield War.”