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I grew up in a small town in North Georgia. The town was located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the mountains rise up from the Piedmont.

Things were very different back in the fifties.  It was a rural setting. The first European families to settle there were English who moved south, mainly from Virginia, looking for land. My ancestors were English who moved South from Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts, with some Pennsylvania Dutch, Irish, Scots, and Cherokee mixed in along the way. The population in the 1940’s was a mixture of mostly English, Scots-Irish, Welsh and Cherokee. Baptists and Methodist dominated. There were a few Germans but no Catholics. People there were independent and did not want to be bothered by government. The people took pride in their self sufficiency. They wanted liberty and freedom. That was the past. North Georgia changed greatly during my lifetime. But some remnants of the past remain.

I majored in psychology in college and corporate law in law school. Both were good foundations for the rest of my life.  I worked for a large corporation before retiring. Retirement has given me a lot of time to read and write.  My reading is nonfiction in various fields of study.

I have written three novels published under the name Ernest Harben which can be purchased on Amazon:

Appalachian Tales: Ripples on the Etowah

A College Story

Emory Class of 1964

  1. Hah! I really am older than you. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your likes and comments. I enjoyed looking at your blog.

  3. You and I have a somewhat parallel history in terms of posting ideas on a blog. Thanks for being a follower and liking my comments from time to time. I was born in 1941 and immigrated to the US with my parents in 1950. We settled in Peoria, IL as my father was hired by Caterpillar Tractor in their export division. I went to high school in Chattanooga. I’ve been in Florida since 1959 when I arrived in Gainesville as a freshman, finding a job here after graduation and never moving from Gainesville. I started the blog you reply to from time to time in April 2011 and now have over 1700 of them posted. I will now start following your blog. Thanks.

  4. This is interesting–could be my paternal side’s history. My dad’s family came in farther north but tracked through Virginia, Tennessee and wound up in north Georgia on the Alabama border (actually in Alabama, but with a Georgia postal address). Thanks for following my blog. It’s a lot about gardening, some crafts, local gardens, book reviews, and cooking in the winter.

  5. I like your background and your story very much. It is good to do all these things many of us seem to be doing with our lives. I love reading about people’s backgrounds. Thank you kindly.

  6. Dear Mr. Harben … I love your blog and I would like to know which of the WordPress Themes you are running it on. I would like to use this theme for my own blog if possible. Thank you and have a nice day.

    • The theme is Titan. If you have more questions about it let me know.

      • Thank you, Mr. Harben, I appreciate the information very much and, by the way, I have followed your blog because I find it inspiring in many ways.

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