Double Rainbows

I was sitting on my veranda one afternoon after a thunderstorm when this double rainbow appeared in the evening sky. My camera did not quite catch the beautiful colors as bright as they were in the afternoon sky. An old saying states “A pot of gold sits at the end of the rainbow.” I understand that double rainbows are rare and they do not happen that often. Does anyone out there have any knowledge about double rainbows?Double Rainbow


The Ferguson family defended their property from surface mining.

In my latest book “Murder Seen through the Eyes of a Child” the Ferguson family try to defend and protect their land from destructive mining operations.The ugly method of Mountaintop removal was the mining operation they were trying to keep off their land. Growing up and working in the coal fields I saw many surface mining operations. I have downloaded photos of different phases of surface mining operations. These photos can give you an idea what the Ferguson family fought against.

The land starts off in the first photo in its natural majestic beauty. The Ferguson’s property was similar. It was a beautiful section of the Appalachian mountain chain. Bulldozers and drills move in and prepare the land to be blasted. After the blast, huge dragline shovels move in to remove the overburden off the coal. When these huge draglines are finished the mountaintop is gone. It is leveled. Notice how tiny those huge bulldozers appear beside that dragline shovel.

These photos do simulate different phases of the mining process. If parts of the mountain are left behind, the land’s condition looks like the last photo. I am not an anti-coal person. Coal operators can use better mining practices that reclaim and take better care of the beauty of these mountains.

Different organizations, Earth Tribe, Highlands Organization, the NRDC Organization and the Grist files took the photos in this article.


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Have you ever wondered what underground mining was like?

Check out the photos below this article. I have personally done all the jobs and operated all the equipment you see in the photos. These photos are provided by Joy manufacturing and other companies. Joy makes a lot of the mining equipment miner’s use in underground coal operations. Joy shuttle cars carry the coal to the feeders for the long trip to the stockpile outside the mine.
S & H scoops are used to pick up the coal to upload into feeders for the long trip on the conveyor belt. Roof bolter’s keeps underground miners safe. Boy! Do these photos bring back memories!
Also, a photo of a fire boss doing his job to keep workers safe. Can you pick out who is who? Love to hear your thoughts!
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The Journey Begins

  Welcome to my website.


Thanks forIMG_2831 (1) visiting my website.I have just published the book, “Murder Seen through the Eyes of a Child.” I invite you to pick up a copy of the book. Readers will enjoy it. I came up with the idea of writing this book based on my life experiences growing up in the Appalachian Mountains.

For me, I enjoyed growing up in Appalachia. For other boys and their families it was hard life. “Murder Seen through the Eyes of a Child” gives the reader a glimpse into the life of young boys growing up during this time. The book also highlights proud mountain people who stand up for what they think is right. This book brought back a lot of memories for me. I am one of the young boys in the story. I hope you enjoy the book.

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