Maudie Tyra discusses her upbringing in Breathitt County. Tyra comments extensively on her childhood and how losing her mother at a young age presented many challenges. Other interview topics include discussions about demographic change in the foothills of Appalachia through time, home remedies, railroads, neighborliness, and her WWII work in "big city" factories. In general, Tyra concludes that credit cards, drugs, and anonymity in the community have negatively impacted the region. The interview is the first of a two part series.