The following is an excerpt of the full story, which appears in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of Appalachia. This is a love story. Its background contains a wife and husband; its foreground features a woman and mountains across the world. Even as Shakespeare and life remind us that love stories do not always end happily, love’s…

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Appalachia Summer/Fall 2011 On the eleventh evening of a mountain walk taken during the ninth month in 2008, I call home. Nothing unusual there, you might say, but the act of calling is the only usual part of what follows. As I punch in the number, listen to the ringing, and wait for my wife…

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Climbing not to get away, but to go home Appalachia, Summer/Fall 2009 This story arrives with the force of revelation on a windy, early-November Saturday in 2006 as I’m crossing the open, stone ridge that joins New Hampshire’s Firescrew Mountain with Mount Cardigan. An early snow coats the mountains from 2,000 feet up. I am…

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