The Fields of Blue It’s a small town; coal-dusted and cradled deep within the Appalachian Mountains. It is a shell of its once booming self. The powerful trains that once chugged and whistled as they carried coal to light America get plenty of rest nowadays. The opioid epidemic has hit this little pocket of the world particularly hard and many of us have left for more opportunities. For years, I blamed my hometown for a good portion of the sizable heartache I had experienced.