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Old 04-20-2019, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I have lived here my whole life and it actually made me so depressed that resently i turned emo but not the point. Part of it being so depressing is the buildings the drugs and all the horriable depressing things that they have laid on the poor teachers to worry about so heavly
In the interest of helping, allow me to give you some very hard truth; nowhere isn't depressing. Humans have created a society and social contract that flies in the face of our basic instincts, and especially in the first world (impoverished or not), depression is rampant no matter where you call home. For a myriad of reasons.

Wherever you are, you have to find the good in it. It's on your shoulders to seek it out as best as you can.

That said, chemical depression is a very real problem on a very real rise (I believe the ingredients in our food is one major contributor). The US does not take it (or any mental illness) seriously enough, and I have to imagine that on a state level WV is probably one of the tougher states to find help in, but search it out regardless. If you are legitimately depressed on a physical level you will NEED help. It is not a problem well dealt with in solitude.

I speak from experience as a severe Manic-Depressive. Even in "forward-thinking" NY state I have trouble getting it taken seriously.

That aside, I'm not sure what your personal life situation is like (I also understand being too poor to enjoy anything easily), but I agree that you should try to get outdoors some more. If you haven't already considered or tried it. Being inside on the internet a lot can really drag a body down.
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Old 04-20-2019, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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West Virginia can be very dangerous, depending on where you go.
Anywhere can. Literally anywhere.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:48 PM
 
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I currently have homes in west Texas and in central New Mexico but if I were to, in the very unlikely circumstance due to my age, find myself moving east of the Mississippi River again, it would be to West Virginia. The State definitely has most of the natural beauty in the eastern quadrant. Do the fireflies still light up the night back in the "hollows" around Charleston?

Probably too many people per square foot for me though anymore, so don't look for me too soon.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I currently have homes in west Texas and in central New Mexico but if I were to, in the very unlikely circumstance due to my age, find myself moving east of the Mississippi River again, it would be to West Virginia. The State definitely has most of the natural beauty in the eastern quadrant. Do the fireflies still light up the night back in the "hollows" around Charleston?

Probably too many people per square foot for me though anymore, so don't look for me too soon.
If you move to any state in the green-east and there aren't fireflies, something has gone terribly wrong. haha
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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If you move to any state in the green-east and there aren't fireflies, something has gone terribly wrong. haha
Really? I had not heard this. I was camping near Charleston in about 1989/90 I think.
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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If you move to any state in the green-east and there aren't fireflies, something has gone terribly wrong. haha
But they are lightening bugs
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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But they are lightening bugs
Fireflies, Lightning bugs, blinky-butts, all the same. haha

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Really? I had not heard this. I was camping near Charleston in about 1989/90 I think.
Oh yeah, they are quite common in the entire east. From the Gulf coast on up to Canada. I grew up catching them in jars here in upstate NY.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:04 PM
 
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Oh yeah, they are quite common in the entire east. From the Gulf coast on up to Canada. I grew up catching them in jars here in upstate NY.
I did the same in the Pineywoods of deep east Texas as a child but I had never seen them so thick as those near Charleston.

BTW, what you guys call hollows back east, we call canyons out here. The second largest canyon in the U.S. is not far from this farm but it's a straight and very flat drive to it.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:42 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I currently have homes in west Texas and in central New Mexico but if I were to, in the very unlikely circumstance due to my age, find myself moving east of the Mississippi River again, it would be to West Virginia. The State definitely has most of the natural beauty in the eastern quadrant. Do the fireflies still light up the night back in the "hollows" around Charleston?

Probably too many people per square foot for me though anymore, so don't look for me too soon.
The lightning bugs still light up the night in the "hollers" around Charleston. The population of Charleston has dropped from a high in the low 80 thousands to around 50,000.
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I did the same in the Pineywoods of deep east Texas as a child but I had never seen them so thick as those near Charleston.

BTW, what you guys call hollows back east, we call canyons out here. The second largest canyon in the U.S. is not far from this farm but it's a straight and very flat drive to it.
They are gorgeous aren't they? They actually are just as thick up here out of towns, but we have a very similar climate to most of WV in the twin tiers, so it stands to reason.

We call them hollows up north, but down south they tend to call them hollers. Kind of like the pronunciation difference between Appalatchuh and Appalaysha.
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