Frog Hollow? Where’s that?
It’s a sort of isolated place, up in the mountains, in Limestone County. Life is a little different there with no stores, post office, or cable TV. Some families still keep a milk cow and chickens. Hog butchering in the fall is still a big event. Miz Mazzie presses a batch of apple cider each fall. A few family garden plots still yield harvests producing stores of home-canned vegetables. These days there aren’t many children around. Most young families have moved elsewhere to find work.
People in Frog Hollow have deep, sacred roots in their community…generations deep. Many live out their days in the same house where they were born. They share a long history of self-sufficiency. When somebody has a problem, they rally to find a solution. If something, or someone, threatens one of them, it’s seen as a threat to all.
That’s why there is so much reactivity when EverMore Energy decides to construct a natural gas pipeline right through the hollow. Anger and frustration are deep and often volatile because the pipeline threatens to change their beloved community forever.
Frog Hollow is a fictional place in my recently published Kindle book, “PIPELINE: A Novel.” It’s available from Amazon in both eBook and paperback editions.
The pipeline in the story does not exist…but there are real projects like it taking place in the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. The story raises the question, “Is the pipeline FOLLY?”
The dictionary defines folly as something lacking good sense and sound judgement. Is the destruction of forestry and private property justified by the proposed result of jobs and energy efficiency, or is it folly? Perhaps the protests against it are folly? News reports continue to dance around such questions.
“PIPELINE: A Novel” explores relational situations that could occur in such an environment–a story of suspense and romance told through the experiences of a young pastor, Billy Upshur. Is it also a story of folly?