Tag: West Virginia

Empathy in a Red State

Empathy in a Red State

Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Conditions for All of Us

Conditions for All of Us

Emily Comer in coversation with Emily Hilliard
We’re Talking Human Lives Here

We’re Talking Human Lives Here

Jan Rader
Building a Broom by Feel: Jim Shaffer

Building a Broom by Feel: Jim Shaffer

Emily Hilliard

Jim Shaffer's shop is dusty and smells like a horse stable—a comforting olfactory association that I suddenly realize has less to do with horses than with the rolled and bundled straw I see stacked high along the walls. Though the pole barn that houses Shaffer's Charleston Broom and Mop Company is just a few miles from the capital city of Charleston, West Virginia, the unincorporated area where it sits along Davis Creek in Loudendale is a wooded, quiet, and close-knit community.

There’s More of It, But I’m Still Hungry

There’s More of It, But I’m Still Hungry

Courtney Balestier with photos by Elaine McMillion Sheldon
“Well, We’re Fabulous and We’re Appalachians, So We’re Fabulachians”

“Well, We’re Fabulous and We’re Appalachians, So We’re Fabulachians”

by Rachel Garringer
Pearl S. Buck, It’s Not You, It’s Me

Pearl S. Buck, It’s Not You, It’s Me

Jolie Lewis
Almost Heaven

Almost Heaven

Aaron Blum

The New Vrindaban is a Krishna community in the hills of Appalachia, the vision of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder and spiritual leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The New Vrindaban in West Virginia is the realization of Prabhupada's dream to establish a holy pilgrimage site in North America. It was conceived to echo Vrindavan, India, which is where, according to many Hindu religions, Krishna took human form. The devotees of the Krishna faith understand it to be the equivalent of Heaven on Earth.

Hopes for John Henry Park

Hopes for John Henry Park

John Douglas
John Henry: “Take this hammer, it won’t kill you”

John Henry: “Take this hammer, it won’t kill you”

John Douglas