A few years ago, after moving out to the sticks, I became interested in the Foxfire Books. Started as a magazine in the 1960's, Foxfire was a project to get high school students in touch with the Appalachian culture surrounding them. In reality it became so much more.
Touting information on every subject from home remedies to wagon building, these books serve as a reference, and a reminder, of ways that essentially our grandparents lived by. Currently I only own five books out of the series, but do not despair, I plan to acquire all of them along the way.
In the books men and women alike share experiences from their childhood and make references to just how different life was back in their day. They make comparisons that are relevant and worth sharing.
" People used to go see one another, and they didn't have no way to go but walk or ride a horse. Now they're livin' a lot faster than we did back then. Nowadays, they ain't got no time to go see anybody. They're goin' all the time, and they don't go nowhere either."
"I see older people who seem kind of soured on life, and they feel they haven't had a chance in life. I feel we make a lot of our chances. "