This past week has been tough. One of the greats in our area up and had a fatal heart attack, and he was only 63. Mike's main job, one he had had for the last 34 years, was as the Executive Director of the Hindman Settlement School in small but vital Knott County, Kentucky. A thousand people came to show their respect and love at either or both the visitation Wednesday night and then the funeral on Thursday. Many were related to him. Even more felt like family, either as a member of the staff or as part of the school's annual Family Folk Week, annual Appalachian Writers Workshop, or the Dyslexia Program.
So today's post may be more Appalachia than photography, though of course I am sharing photos, as usual, even a few designed to be informal snapshots. Since my main connection is as a friend of Mike and Frieda's and as a participant in the writers workshop, that is where my photos come from. Mike, we all thank you for your vital generosity of spirit and for believing in the possible.
|Mike Mullins -- welcoming, waxing eloquent, cajoling, explaining, admonishing, encouraging, and enjoying|
|and keeping alive the memory of his friends and writers workshop greats Jim Wayne Miller and James Still|
|This cabin is from the earliest days of the Settlement School.|
|scenes from recent writers workshops: 1) crossing the bridge over Troublesome Creek, going to class, with the cabin on their right|
|2) writer Anne Shelby with her Elvis umbrella, which happened to be in the back of her car. I happen to like this photo!!|
|3) in the Great Room, looking toward the podium|
|4) an extra meeting, after lunch, of George Ella Lyon's class. Notice the framed photo in the upper right corner, which will be in a later photo.|
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|for those who know Mike and were not able to be at the funeral and burial|