Breathe Free

Unlike most people, Linda Moneyhun Miano can watch her health pass by in the sky outside her window. She lives on a hillside farm overlooking the Clinch River in the Appalachian ridges of western Virginia. She and her husband Craig, a coal miner, moved here in 1980 as refugees from the petro-chemical alley in southern Louisiana where Linda, who is asthmatic and chemically sensitive, couldn’t breathe. If these remote mountains were safe enough for moonshiners, she said, they were safe enough for her.