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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Lay Of The Land

My life in Appalachia - The Lay Of The Land

Sometimes you have to stop and study the lay of the land to know where you’re going.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    David Templeton
    January 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Yes, because you can’t plow a straight furrow looking at the plow.

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    January 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    True. And sometimes to know how to find your way back to where you started from!

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    December 30, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Ed-I only received one comment from you on this post. Unfortunately sometimes the comments never make it to me-but there isn’t anything I can do about it.

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    Ed Ammons
    December 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Apparently my original comment couldn’t pass muster today. I have yet to impress upon my recall that when aristocracy are present vassals must mind their tongues.

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    December 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Love it when my brothers’ comments are so much alike except that one uses a lot more words! In the business world, I would use today’s expression to mean the current workplace environment because it was very important to select which “battles” one should and shouldn’t fight. “The lay of the land” often weighed heavy in that decision as I think it does outside the business world.

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    Sue Crane
    December 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I loved b. ruth’s directions from her grandson. I’m sure mine would use the same landmarks. I’ve always loved the expression the lay of the land – don’t know why – it just appeals to me.

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    December 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I’ll bet your mom and dad are proud
    to see those words of wisdom coming
    from their daughter…Ken

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    December 29, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Thought provoking for this Monday morning! I know in the mountains one must really study the lay of the land before building lest your house is right in the path of a run-off or the land won’t perk. Also, a real blessing when the soil has not been abused by heavy equipment, and you still have rich soil for flowers and gardening.
    It is always good at times to throw caution to the wind and have a sense of adventure. Good photo!

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    December 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Understanding the “lay of the land” also means understanding how things on it, under it, over it, passing through (over and under) it interact because of the “lay of the land”. . . .

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    December 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Yes, that is so true, especially if you plan to build a structure. However, I’m one of those people who should never wander into the woods alone. Why? I have absolutely no sense of direction. I have been known to get lost in my own house. (that part is a joke)

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    steve in tn
    December 29, 2014 at 8:38 am

    A useful phrase that I have used a lot. I used this phrase a lot at work. Retired now. I don’t explore much anymore. Need to start back.

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    Don Casada
    December 29, 2014 at 7:32 am

    And to look back to know where you’ve come from.

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    Jim Casada
    December 29, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Tipper–That’s a great photo and a perceptive thought. There’s another side to this perspective as well. Historians often suggest that “you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.” In effect they are reminding us that you have to study to lay of the land which lies behind you, the way we have trod, in order to understand what lies ahead.
    Jim Casada

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    Miss Cindy
    December 29, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Wisdom on this Monday morning to go with our photo? I like it!

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    b. Ruth
    December 29, 2014 at 6:54 am

    My young grandson is a great one at remembering and knowing the lay of the (land) area!
    When in Knoxville, this summer, I had forgotten where the old Target used to be. When he popped up and said, “Mammaw, when you exit next right off the Interstate, McDonalds is on the right. Turn left, go down past Chucky Cheese that is on the left. Then turn right through the mall parking lot by Hooter’s and pass on by the Burger King, you will see the big red bulls eye target in the back of the parking lot”!
    I wasn’t sure if he was hungry or using the restaurant’s as landmarks!
    Thanks Tipper,
    waiting on others responses!

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    December 29, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Amen to that,, seems more often than I use too thou..or where I came from..

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