Friends, Pulaski County, Ky.

Some friends and family who have visited the Burnside area. We're talking about what to do with this lovely, historic place that Harriette and Harold Arnow farmed during the Depression. If you have any ideas, e-mail, please! —Pat Arnow

Sandra Ballard, Harriette Arnow's biographer and Appalachian State University professor and editor of Appalachian Journal, in Kentucky. Photo by Pat Arnow Southeastern Kentucky historian and resident Wanda Worley. Photo by Pat Arnow

Sandra Ballard, Harriette Arnow's biographer and Appalachian State University professor and editor of Appalachian Journal, in Kentucky, March 2011. At right, Southeastern Kentucky historian and resident Wanda Worley.

Appalshop filmmaker Herbie Smith, who made a movie about Harriette Arnow. He's walking the Arnow land. Photo by Pat ArnowHerb E. Smith and Sandy Ballard examine a painted board from the wreckage of the farmhouse that has collapsed on the Arnow farm in Pulaski County, Ky. March 2011. Photo by Pat Arnow

Appalshop filmmaker Herbie Smith, who made a movie about Harriette Arnow. He's walking the Arnow land. At right, Herb E. (I've seen it as both Herbie and Herb E, so I'm going both ways) and Sandy Ballard examine a painted board from the wreckage of the farmhouse that has collapsed on the Arnow farm in Pulaski County, Ky. Sandy tells how Harriette wrote about getting cerulean blue paint and using it to cover just about everything in the house. March 2011.

Writer Gurney Norman was in the area for the Harriette Arnow celebration held yearly at Somerset Community College nearby. Photo by Pat Arnow Steve Giles (my husband, a Kentuckian by birth) and Gurney Norman in 2010. Photo by Pat Arnow

Writer and Kentucky poet laureate Gurney Norman was in the area in 2010 for the Harriette Arnow celebration held yearly at Somerset Community College nearby. (R) Steve Giles (my husband, a Kentuckian) and Gurney in Burnside in 2010. Photo by Pat Arnow

Russell Giles, Steve's brother, who visited with us in Burnside in 2010. Photo by Pat Arnow. Tom Arnow, Harriette and Harold's son. He visited the land and presented a piece of his memoir at the Somerset Community College conference on Harriette Arnow (in 2010). He and Walt bonded.

Russell Giles, Steve's brother, who lives in Louisville, in Burnside in 2010. Here he's communing with Steve's plastic rabbit Walt. Tom Arnow, Harriette and Harold's son. He visited the land from his home in Texas and presented an excerpt of his memoir at the Somerset Community College conference on Harriette Arnow (in 2010). He and Walt bonded. Photo by Pat Arnow.

Tony Oppegard, Steve (and my) old friend, a coal mine safety attorney in Kentucky, with Loretta. He's another friend who came to Burnside to visit. Photo by Pat Arnow Linda Probus, Steve's childhood friend from Louisville. She came over to visit the land with us in the spring of 2010. Photo by Pat Arnow

Tony Oppegard, Steve (and my) old friend, a coal mine safety attorney in Kentucky, with Loretta Roark.They came to Burnside in 2010. Linda Probus, Steve's childhood friend from Louisville also came over to visit the land with us in the spring of 2010.

Toby Wilkins, our friend from East Tennessee, rode to Burnside in an antique refurbished orange Volkswagen camper van. Steve and I visited the land in the mid-'90s. The house was still standing, but it didn't have any windows or doors. Photo by Sandra Ballard.

Toby Wilkins, our friend from East Tennessee, rode to Burnside in an antique refurbished orange Volkswagen camper van in 2010. Steve and I at the land in the mid-'90s. The house was still standing, but it didn't have any windows or doors. Photo by Sandra Ballard.

Sandy Ballard and Wanda Worley. Photo by Pat Arnow Tom, Wanda's husband, stopped us on the highway. We didn't get a ticket. Photo by Pat Arnow

Sandy Ballard and Wanda Worley. Tom, Wanda's husband, stopped us on the highway. We didn't get a ticket.

Peggy Wilson from Whitley City, a friend of Wanda's. We ran into her at the Cracker Barrel. Photo by Pat Arnow. Vivian Sullivan, Wanda's Burnside neighbor and friend. Photo by Pat Arnow.

Peggy Wilson from Whitley City, a friend of Wanda's. We ran into her at the Cracker Barrel. Vivian Sullivan, Wanda's Burnside neighbor and friend.


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