Sometimes I get the crazy feeling that Appalachia is speaking directly to me.
Sometimes it’s subtle, and sometimes it seems (at least to me) pretty obvious.
Like the wrong turn I took while driving out in the countryside just days before the end of the year that brought me unexpectedly face to face with a very unexpected street sign.
Why on earth would someone name a road ‘good intentions,’ I wondered (when I wasn’t wondering where the heck I was.)
But then I got to thinking about the past year and decisions made – based perhaps more on good intentions than good sense.
On the first day of a brand new year, maybe it’s time to simply appreciate that positive thoughts had been at the root of them all, let it go, and move on.
Thank you, Appalachia – I can’t wait to see what surprises you have in store for me the next time I lose my way.
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Author: kristin fellows
I am a documentary film consultant, writer & photographer. And once upon a time, I lived in Asheville, North Carolina.
I am really, hopefully very nearly finished with my first book, "Lions, Peacocks & Lemon Trees" – a travel memoir that follows a collection of old letters half way around the world, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Ethiopia to Portugal and Italy.
Other adventures have taken me to Iceland to hike volcanoes and photograph puffins; to Barcelona, Mexico, and Croatia. I went to Athens for a big fat Greek wedding, to Helsinki to get beaten with frozen birch branches in the city’s oldest public sauna, to Portugal to track down the backdrop of an old photograph, and to Italy to travel in the footsteps of my late grandmother.
My travel articles have been featured in Pink Pangea, a travel blog for female travelers, and other publications. One of my photographs, “Skywalker,” was chosen as a National Geographic Photo of the Day in 2015.
But many of my favorite stories still come from the nearly eighteen years I lived in Asheville, which you can read about in my blog, "On the Edge of Appalachia."
I also invite you to join me on my newest adventure – "Oceans of Love" – in which I move to a small farming village in the mountains of central Portugal and nothing goes as planned.
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