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Act 5, Scene 1: Irene's Twilight Zone

Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Mountain Nature--A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert

A favorite book on WNC natural history

Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians: by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert (UNC Press, 256 pages, 50 color and 41 b&w images, Apr. 2010; hardcover, $45; paperback, $20)


            In her introduction to her survey, Frick-Ruppert, a Brevard College ecology professor, establishes herself as a scientist, outdoorsperson, and poet.  “In spring,” she notes, “the basso profundo of a great horned owl is exchanged for the coloratura soprano of a winter wren, which is itself replaced by countertenor voices of tree frogs.”           

            Communication at night; tree rings; trout food; and vole explosions are some of the subheadings in the first chapter, “The Nature of Cycles.”  It leads to four sections dedicated to the seasons.  A photo in Chapter 2, “Spring” distinguishes the male and female flowers of the red maple: wand-like male stamens and Y-shaped female stigmas on otherwise similar-looking clusters. 

            “April 15 may be tax day,” Frick-Ruppert pipes, “but it is also the average date that ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) return to Western North Carolina.”.  The males arrive first from Central America.  When the females appear, the males engage in spectacular dances.

            “The male flies in a huge semicircular arc, like a clock pendulum, with the female at the bottom of the swing,” the author writes.  “As the male passes by the female, he faces her with the feathers of his ruby throat fluffed up, and makes a peculiar whirring buzz.”  A sidebar gives considerate hummingbird feeding advice.  “Mountain Nature” is an homage as much a guide, a model of regional studies and a noteworthy event.


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