Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Changing Times

"The times, they are a'changing," sang Bob Dylan more than forty years ago. I can remember when that song was new.

Around here, the country is changing, too. Franklin County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state.

With growth comes power. The wooden stake with the orange ribbon marks marks where the big power lines will go. The large yellow building in the background is our shop. That's how close the lines will come to us.

On the other side of the road, the lines will cross this field and go through where the woods are now. Some of the woods will, of course, have to go.

On the far side of the woods, the line will run through what's now a hayfield (and sometimes a pasture). Before long, a gravel road paralleling the power line will go through this field and through where the woods soon won't be.

The lines are marked in the woods. They're hard to see in the picture below. Look for the orange ribbons. Imagine a swath a hundred feet wide. Imagine big poles carrying wires.

That's how this part of the county is changing. I hope I can remember what it once was like.




Blogger Amy Tate said...

I interviewed Carol and Steve Miller over at Smith Mountain Stables for my upcoming article for the VHJ. You sure do live in beautiful country over there Miss Becky! I do hope it doesn't change TOO much.

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