|I took this photo from a helicopter. It’s Charleston,
WV about 15 years ago.
Just before I left West Virginia to take a job in California 14 years ago, one of my best friends looked at me and said “Don’t get above your raisin’.” For those of you not from the south or not fortunate enough to speak a dialect of “country” that means don’t forget where you came from. I never forgot that admonition and I think I’ve done a pretty good job of staying true to who I am.
That’s not to say I haven’t grown or changed as the years have gone by (if you’re not continually growing and changing, then you’ve stagnated and are dying) but the foundation that makes up the person you are is always with you.