It is so hard to say goodbye to a place and people I have loved for close to 30 years. With the passing of my husband, it is evident I will stay near my son's family and not return to Wetzel County.
In 1979 in our middle years, we purchased land in Reader, quit our jobs in Pittsburgh, Pa., and chose to live close to nature. We also found friendly people, great places to shop and eat, and wildlife and stars in the sky.
Thanks to all the people and places our lives touched: neighbors on Eight Mile Ridge and Brush Run, the Back-to-Earthers, Mountain Promise, Spirit Group, Valley High School students and faculty, New Martinsville campus of West Virginia Northern Community College, Women in the 21st Century, Art Talk, ArtsLink, poetry group at Baristas, Beulah's Ridge Retreats, New Martinsville Public Library, The Book Store, RCS Printing, the community theater, the Townhouse Gallery, the Wells Inn, and the WVU Forestry Department.
There have been changes since I left. I am sad that the peaceful environment in the area has been diminished by all the trucks and drilling.