We are 4 women bound by blood, 3 sisters and their mother. Our goal is to help each other become the best we can be. Helping each other we can improve our intelligence, image, health, wealth, talents and abilities. We are each magical and powerful when we stand alone, but we are amazingly powerful when we stand together, and the results are out of this world. We talk about our natural hair, our weight, fashion, food, parties and living well. We make the ultimate Mother Daughter Team.
Some great TV shows, movies and reality TV Shows are based
in Harlan, Kentucky. From Harlan
County Wars to Justified to Walking Dead Harlan Kentucky has inspired many
great stories. This leads me to believe
that any writer looking for inspiration should visit Harlan, Kentucky. Harlan, Kentucky is a holler in the
Appalachian Mountains. That’s
right coal country. Go 20 min down
one road and you are in Virginia.
You could also end up in West Virginia and of course Tennessee. I
personally have spent quality time crossing all those state boarders in one day
and going back home to Harlan.
Yes, I said home. My mama
owns Vela's Villa which is right in the heart of town in Harlan. I can tell you one thing, in Harlan you
will always come up with a great story.
Harlan Kentucky is a secret blessing to writers.The town, its people, the surroundings,
the past, present and future are all characters.Harlan is the birthplace of stories and that well will never
run dry.Harlan is known for its
grit, moonshine, ginseng, coal and law enforcement but there is so much
more.Harlan has a fairytale
magic and old-fashioned horror story with in her.Harlan is Mayberry one day and Carnivale that night.In Harlan, especially at my mom’s place, Vela’s Villa, you can keep to yourself.It is nice and quite there and you can make your own food.Great for a writer who is really
banging their story out and just needs to get away from all distractions.But let’s say you need the energy and
the mystic of the Appalachian Mountains and her people, you don’t need to go
far.Just walk right outside your
door and you are in the heart of Harlan’s “downtown” while staring up at a peak
of a mountain.In other words you
can mingle with the locals without driving your car and let me tell you they
have stories.Of course, you will
have to sit a spell to get through one of those stories but all good stories
take time.Like I said before,
Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia are all touching each
other.If you do need to venture
out and explore this is the place to start.The mountains are beautiful but if you need to get to a city
like Knoxville you are only an hour and a half away.
Harlan is a culture unto itself.There is folklore and curses and God.There is genius and ignorance and
sometimes all in the same person, lol.It seems to me that Harlan is the place of ideas and creativity.In fact that is all Harlan is mining
these days.The original owner of
Vela’s Villa was a writer, owner of the bank and coal man.Vela was his wife and my mother’s best
husband was also a writer and when he passed he was in the middle of
collaborating on a film script based in Harlan.Vela's Villa loves writers for writers mine the mind.If you need solitude come on over to
our holler.My mama will take care
of you.If need surroundings that
inspire, come on over, my mama will take care of you.There is nothing like the Appalachian Mountains in the world, for the Appalachian Mountains connects us all to the old world, in this country
we call the New World.If you are
a writer you should come and stay with us at Vela's Villa. We promise you will see the world with
new eyes. Vela's Villa
Below is my husbands last poetry reading. Like I said Vela's Villa is for writers.