Ghosts in the Midst

APPALACHIA GURU

My daughter is 28 years old and recently found herself moving back home due to circumstances beyond her control. She is a Hoosier, born and bred, and has this impression of Appalachia in her head that must be akin to the movie “Deliverence.” We live fairly close to town, although at the dead end of a six mile road that kind of piddles off at the end into a unkempt pile of rocks and cement surrounded by true “shanty” houses with people living in them. I pass no judgement on the people who live in those homes. The seclusion, to me, is worth the fact that the property we live on will probably always have a lower value than if it were located elsewhere. And there is the added benefit that are property taxes will remain low. Ironically, the house that we live in is literally “The Last House on…

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