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ImageSharon
Feb 17, 2010 2:36 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Where in Kentucky did you grow up, and where do you live now? We want to know all about it. Pictures would help, too.
Imagegemini_sage
Feb 17, 2010 4:56 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Great Cubit idea Sharon!

I was born in Mt.Sterling and have lived in Kentucky all my life. Most of my years have been spent in the Bluegrass region, Mt.Sterling (known as the Gateway to the Bluegrass), Lexington, and Winchester, but I did live in the foothills of the Appalachians, Morehead, off and on for about 15 years. My mother was from Floyd County, and my time in Appalachia gave me a real appreciation for life in the mountains, and a glimpse of my heritage. My mother's family moved to Poplar Pains, in Fleming County, when she was in her early teens. It was there she met my father, who was born and raised in Flemingsburg.

As a youngster, I longed to leave "the hick small town" as I thought of it then. Interestingly, it was music that made me start seeing a different aspect of my heritage. I developed a love of Celtic and Irish folk music, and a great fondness for the fiddle. When the realization hit me that the Bluegrass music I'd rolled my eyes at in youth, was directly descended from that music I'd grown to love, I was astounded. I listened through new ears, and a world of cultural richness was opened to me.

I later became interested in herbs and herbal remedies, another interest that made me take another look at my heritage. Growing up, Mom told me stories about her mother's use of herbs, and her love of gardening and flowers. So many times in childhood, Mom would say I reminded her so much of her mother, and with a tear in her eye, would say, "you would have loved each other so much". Although I never met her, I've always felt a closeness with my maternal grandmother. Even after I grew up, Mom still said that's where I got my love of gardening. While I've digressed into a personal history, it does seem our Kentucky culture is completely entwined, inseparable.

In May, I will have lived in Winchester for 3 years, and am finding myself very happy here. I'm experiencing another return, a return to a small town in the Bluegrass, and again seeing it through new eyes. The lay of the land, and the traditional uses of the land in an area seem to define, to a great degree, the culture of the area. The unique qualities of Appalachian culture had been my focus for several years, now I'm seeing the interesting differences in Bluegrass culture. Life in Kentucky continues to hold my fascination.

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ImageSharon
Feb 17, 2010 5:06 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hello Neal,

Thank you for stopping by. It's difficult to tell people who don't know, all about Kentucky. I grew up in the mountains, went to school in the middle of the bluegrass, taught in the rolling hills of Louisville, and moved to far western Kentucky where it's very nearly flat. That's a lot of environment for one state to offer. Something for everybody!

The arts, the crafts, the music...all of it unique.

We have a lot to offer, don't we?

Don't be a stranger now!
Imagebluegrassmom
Feb 17, 2010 9:13 PM CST
Name: Teresa
southcentral KY
Hello,
Checking in from my neck of the woods LOL. I was born near the homeplace of Bill Monroe in Ohio Co. My parents purchased a farm in 1965 on the Green River in Butler Co. I still live in the southern tip of Butler. I enjoy traveling, but Kentucky will always be my home.

I grew up on a grain/angus farm. We still have it but I live on a 5 acre plot that I love to garden and raise many hybrid daylilies, iris ect on.

Teresa in KY
Teresa in KY
ImageSharon
Feb 17, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi again, Teresa...
Thanks for joining us. I love the Green River....the glass bottomed boat and John Hartford made it pretty famous!
Imagebluegrassmom
Feb 17, 2010 9:22 PM CST
Name: Teresa
southcentral KY
I love art so Berea is at the top of my list of KY places to visit. Quilts are wonderful pieces of art so the National Quilt Museum is a must see too. We have the agriculture areas and then our metros too. Diversity is a standard here. Love it!
Teresa in KY
ImageSharon
Feb 17, 2010 9:52 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Quilter's museum in Paducah? Let me know when, I'll meet you or take you there.

Yes, very diverse.
Imagebluegrassmom
Feb 17, 2010 11:11 PM CST
Name: Teresa
southcentral KY
Sharon, here is a link. http://www.quiltmuseum.org/

If you love quilting or just admire them, this is a must see!

This is a wonderful place to visit too: http://www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov/
Teresa in KY
ImageSharon
Feb 17, 2010 11:18 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
The first one is the one I was talking about in Paducah. I'm there every year. If you like quilting, check out the Sewing Cubit. Lots of quilts going on there.

Haven't been to Berea in a long time, though. I grew up near there, and used to go there for Bybee Pottery, among many other things..
Lilyhosta
Feb 20, 2010 1:11 AM CST
Name: Pauletta
Flemingsburg Ky.
This is where I was raised
2 small grocery stores and
the Goddard Covered Bridge

The old bridge before it was rebuilt
http://hultgren.org/things/bridges/goddard.html

Rebuilding it
http://www.maysville-online.com/news/article_a2e68e28-c4df-5...

Finished...I Love that Bridge...Its like family
http://bridgehunter.com/ky/fleming/bh36282/

Pauletta
ImageSharon
Feb 20, 2010 2:12 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I love covered bridges too, and remember reading about this one. How great that it was restored and is so loved. What a treasure!
Imagedana
Feb 26, 2010 1:48 PM CST
Name: dana aka iris28
tristate area, ky z6b
im from NY originally and i proudly tell it when ever i get the opportunity but thank god i ended up here. we love owenboro. small,clean, as safe as a town can get. at least from my ny perspective. we came to the ohio Vally in 1997 to visit my brother in the louisville area. my mom liked it so we ended up on the indiana side. we were there permanently in 2000. we came to owensboro in 2005. my moms husband was from here and they deiced to settle so we followed. i have not run into any bad attitudes. though im sure there are some. i love gardening here. i love the big sky.
Learn and share ideas about how to make concrete garden art and hardscapes at Diy concrete art and hardscapes cubit. Also visit trash to treasure/mosaic with unusual objectsfor more garden art ideas.
ImageSharon
Feb 26, 2010 8:01 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Dana, glad to have you here, you and all your family....including your cute little guys!

Since I'm not very far from Owensboro and have many friends there, I'll have to agree with you, it's a great town. And the gardening is great all over KY.

And aren't we lucky to have our big sky.....did you see the moon tonight...Oh My!
Nothing like a Kentucky Moon.

When you have time tell us more about your area...parks, fishing, wildflowers, music, those kinds of things.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 27, 2010 2:28 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I wasn't born in Ky. I was raised and lived most of my life on the bayous in South La. Nothing like it for food and friendly people. I have been in Eastern Ky for better than 6 years now and I really like it here. While the people are not quite as outgoing as cajuns, they sure are good folk when you get to know them.

The scenery can't be beat in our neck of the woods. I live in Biggs which is about 20 minutes from Breaks Interstate Park. If you haven't been there, you should go. It's breathtaking. As soon as I can get my old camera to cooperate with my new computer I'll post some pics. I've got some great ones.

We have horses and we go trail riding in the mountains. Talk about relaxing and you sure meet some interesting folk on the trails. I have visited in the Somerset area and have some very good friends there. We lived in Inez in Martin County before moving here to Pike County. Left some very good friends but it's still close enough to drive over and visit. I know I'll see some of them on the trails again this summer. We camp when we ride and sitting around a camp fire with good friends and good coffee is hard to beat. I'd love to meet some of you guys "on the trail" too. I'll supply the coffee... Community New Orleans Blend.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

ImageSharon
Feb 27, 2010 3:52 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You had to add that chicory message right there at the end, didn't you? Love it!
So glad to have you over there taking care of my mountains, Cheryl. I am excited to see pictures of them again!
Thanks for joining us.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 27, 2010 10:57 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
The hill behind my house during the last big snow. I am sooo ready for Spring. (I figured out th picture thing!)

Thumbnail by CajuninKy

Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

ImageSharon
Feb 27, 2010 11:00 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Cheryl, you know I'm saving these photos of my mountains, don't you??
They make me so homesick.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 27, 2010 11:05 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
That is quite all right. So glad you enjoy them. I will be out taking lots more when Spring finally gets here. I can't get to the ones on my old computer. Have to get a technical person to help me with that. It won't boot up.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

ImageSharon
Feb 27, 2010 11:08 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thank you.
And I'll let you know when/if I'll be in Letcher County during the summer. It isn't very far from there to you.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 27, 2010 11:09 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Good deal!
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

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