Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Then picture what Katniss would be like - with a gun. That's just a taste of the "new" West action Lyndsay Eli brings to Spellbound Children's Bookshop with Gunslinger Girl. She shares her debut novel on Saturday, January 20, at 6 p.m. The US has been fractured by a Second Civil War. Serendipity 'Pity' Jones finds a home of sorts in the corrupt, lawless city of Cessation (think Las Vegas on steroids). Her shooting skills make her a star of the Theater…See More
Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Ashevillefrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium. Tickets are $5. The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Tickets for that event are…See More
Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library. Photo by author. “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be signing her new books A Part of Me and A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30-1:30. She will be located at the MACA Authors' booth on Main Street.See More
Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)read atMalaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,Oct. 15 Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the Prose Master Class and will host the reading. · Ellen Carr, who works in the financial industry, will read excerpts from her novel of uneasy relationships, Unmanned. · Sarah Carter, an artist and photographer who will publish an excerpt of her novel, Jolene, Joe-Pye,…See More
The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex. “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
Danger is a crucial element in a mystery novel. A killer is on the loose and no one is safe. But sometimes the killer can be the writer, and the victim, the reader.I'm talking about when the author turns into a preacher and the story becomes a sermon. Now I am not against using a mystery novel for social commentary. Writing doesn't happen in a moral vacuum, and, after all, isn't a mystery a morality play? As fellow North Carolina author Margaret Maron said there is no topic that can't be dealt…See More
Sacred Sites for Secular Times: 50 Commemorative Experiences in Western North Carolina by Rob Neufeld Among the many sites dedicated to history, there are some—both overbooked and overlooked—that provide full and moving experiences. They involve a physical component, connecting to landscape; an imaginative one, entering other times and minds; and an interactive one, maintaining relevance. The entries in this book help create full experiences through descriptive…See More
Last fall, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville introduced the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. If it becomes law, it would require employers to verify the legal status of their employees using the E-Verify program run by the Department of Homeland Security and uses Social Security and Homeland Security databases. It also would empower local police enforcement and increase incarceration capacities. The program would be phased in over four years. A more comprehensive bill that would have provided a path to legal residence for the 11 million to 12 million people in the United States illegally failed earlier in 2007. What do you think of Shuler's approach?
Not much. After all, just slightly more than half of the undocumented immigrants come across the border, and not all of them come across the U.S./Mexico border. It is my understanding that some of the Border Patrol offices along the U.S./Canadian border are open only during daylight hours. The rest are people who overstay their visa and no wall is going to solve this part of the problem. Having lived close to the border for a few years, I have some idea of the difficulty involved in building a fence--either real or virtual. Immigrants will still be able to go over, under or around. Finally, it simple ignore the constitutional rights. The Secretary of Homeland Security has been given the authority to waive such legislation as environmental protection and property rights if he perceives that the enforcement of such rights would interfere with the construction of the wall. The problem is in Washington, D. C. and that is where we should be looking for a solution.