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Raccoon Creek Upper Pond Not Creepy

A Creepy Walk in the Woods

Every hike is different. Still, when you're in the woods, you're going to see some creepy shit. My hike at Raccoon Creek State Park didn't disappoint.

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Police in Frick

An Eventful Hike in Frick Park

With my newly purchased Falcon Guide, I went for a shakeout hike in Frick Park. What I wasn't expecting: an eventful end with a dozen police officers.

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Appalachian Community

Appalachian Community Notes: 5 Stories You Should Read This Week

The U.S. media spends a great deal of time talking about Trump country. Here's a round-up of the five stories you should read this week: Appalachian Community: Diversity | Education + Opportunities | Working Class Jobs | The Opioid Epidemic | Infrastructure Week

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Free eBook on Machine Learning, A.I., and the Modern World

Sign up for my mailing list and get a free PDF of my latest book, Frankenstein's Legacy: Four Conversations about Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and the Modern World.

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"We Are Not A House Divided"

My friend KT Peterson and I embarked on a writing challenge on August 4-5: write 10,000 words and the read an excerpt from it. The title of this piece is "We Are Not A House Divided."

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About That Thing You Ask Me About Hillbilly Elegy

That's where the single narrative becomes so dangerous. Because people don't know the history of the region, and they don't understand its problems. Yet many of those same people have a great number of preconceived notions they aren't afraid to unleash.

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What We Mean When We Talk about Infrastructure

The Appalachian region faces an uphill battle to survive. But that's how it was designed. If the region -- and its people -- have any chance to prosper, it'll come from the most boring of places: infrastructure building.

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The Curious Case of Explaining, not Excusing

As I sat down to write this book, I was faced with this strange tightrope act: I wanted to write a book about why Appalachia and its people ended up as they have, but I also needed to acknowledge its sometimes brutal and horrible history.

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Roger (& Jared & J.D.) and Me, or Breaking Appalachia

The things that have always sustained me, and carried me through the darkness, and given me a world with color: the writing, and the voices, and the stories. I've found my voice in the wilderness. I've found other voices in the wilderness.

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The Great Writing Adventure Begins 

The next chapter starts tomorrow: a move to Pittsburgh, a new job, and two years to reignite my writing career.

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Fitzgerald, in Volumes

Whenever I see Fitzgerald in the bookstore, I can't but recall fondly how his books taught me to write.

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Why I Write: Mariah Ivey

Indianapolis poet, spoken word artist, and MC Mariah Ivey is our first guest on the new series "Why I Write."

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