"Changes In Attitudes" On Watauga Lake
Changes In Attitudes is my boat, refuge, challenge and favorite toy.
The name also figures into this Blog. About three and a half months ago I, rather unceremoniously I might add, left employment as the tourism director of my home county. Getting kicked out the door was tough. I loved what I was doing, was pretty good at it and was making progress, with the help of a whole lot of people, with establishing this part of the Appalachian Mountains as a viable tourism destination. I will miss working with some awfully fine people. And not miss some others.
There were two problems... wait for it... I was a pain in the ass. After 40 some years of working at a variety of professions, I don't play well with others. And. I don't suffer fools well. There were a few other things but we won't go into that right now.
That don't work when you work for the "County." 
So, at 60 I am starting my own business. In a bad economy... in the Coalfields of Southwest Virginia... in the middle of winter.
Makes sense don't it? 
It does to me. So, here goes, the sails are set, their is a fair wind out of the West and it's time to launch this puppy.
I return to the "Mother Ship," Lambeau Field.
Some things you should know... I was born into an interesting culture. 
I am imprinted to be a fanatic Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan. And no, we ain't right.  

On the set of "Gods and Generals."
Interesting clothes...

At "Martin's Station" on the Wilderness Road
and travel in both space and time are favorite pastimes of mine.

Go Figure.

The intention of this blog is to create a forum for discussion about life here in Appalachia. Where do we want to go, what do we want to be when we grow up and how do we get there as mountain folk will be core questions that I am concerned about and will no doubt throw out there for consideration. Culture, Community, Mountans, Water, Music, Living History Storytelling, Teaching, Sports and getting "The Work" right  are passions of mine. Each of these topics will probably appear fairly regularly. So will a whole bunch of other stuff. Also, and most importantly, I hope we laugh when we can, cry when we have to and try to have a sense of honor. I will write when I have something that I think is worth saying... or not. 
By the way, this will probably be a bit of a bumpy ride at first.
So, let's get in the wind.
Next up: "Who is this guy anyway, and why does he talk this way." 


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    A Twisted Trail,
    A Blog
    By H W. "Bill" Smith

    Writing is something that I have always loved doing and anyone  who knows me knows that I have more than my share of opinions on a variety of subjects. 
    My goal is to write about the history, music, culture, life and events that shape the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains where I live... and anything else that tickles my fancy. Join me on this ride down "A Twisted Trail."


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