Author Archives: jasonblaha

Region Overview

Giving the overview of a region is a hard thing to do. Where do I even begin. There is so much going on with the Appalachia. The past is as good of a place to start as any. A moment … Continue reading

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Experiential Learning 2

Jason Blaha Blacksburg Farmers Market, Oct. 64th at 2:30 pm I had always heard that Blacksburg had a fresh local farmers market but had no clue where it was, and did not really look into it all that much. But … Continue reading

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Experiential Learning

Jason Blaha Carol Lee Donuts, Nov. 24th at 7 am On November 24th I went to Carol Lee Donuts on North Main Street at 7 am. The time I went is important because going at that time gave me a … Continue reading

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Music and Media in “Trampoline” by Robert Gipe (Outline Guide)

Music and Media Freedom of music           o   Dawn was happy when her parents left so she could go to concerts (pg. 139)           o   Dawn talks about Willet for the first … Continue reading

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Coal Flower Fail

In class we got into groups and gathered supplies to make “coal flowers” (pictured above is an example of what is supposed to look like). Our bowls of concoctions were supposed to turn unto these beautiful blue-green and pink masses. … Continue reading

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The 40 Million Dollar Appalachian Makeover

If given 40 million dollars I would invest in renewable energy. Renewable energy is the future. and it can solve multiple problems. Renewable energy can slowly, overtime, replace the coal industry which is destroying the region, and it can create … Continue reading

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Eller and Lewis Blog

“One important consequence of mining was that it did not open up the mountains. The isolation of the area went beyond just physical isolation; it now included social isolation. The inability of the indigenous population to cope with those representatives … Continue reading

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Old Crow Medicine Show rocks for a reason

In Bill Malone’s chapter in High Mountains Rising titles “Music” he states that, “No concept in American life has had a more magic appeal than Appalachian music,” (Malone 114). I have never thought about it deeply, and even if it may be … Continue reading

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A Good Old Fashion Misrepresentation

In Charles Alan Watkins’ writing “Merchandising the Mountaineer” he writes about how anything can be misrepresented. He specifically talks about a  publishing company who sold books on the Appalachia. Even though the book began as an accurate depiction of the … Continue reading

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The Appalachian Shift

This week in class, a large topic of discussion was the Civil War and its effects on the Appalachian Region. Throughout the discussion and the readings we learned the Civil War was an exceptionally hard time in the Appalachia. Gordon B. … Continue reading

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