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Glenda Council Beall posted a blog post

Writers Circle around the Table

We are located in Hayesville, NC. In April we begin our new season with outstanding Poet Mike James. Mike will read at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville, GA on Friday evening April 13. On Saturday, April 14, he will teach a class at my studio.Formally SpeakingThis class will focus on different types of traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina, and will also include other verse forms such as erasures, found poems, prose poems, and last poems.Contact Glenda…See More
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Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Chautauqua History Alive at UNC Asheville, OLLI Reuters Center, Manheimer Room

April 15, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Step inside the revolutionary book, Silent Spring as its author Rachel Carson reveals the reckless destruction of our living world. Written more than 55 years ago Silent Spring inspired the Environmental Movement and has never been out of print. And now you have a chance to ask the author, Rachel Carson, how this came to be. But these aren’t just performances. They’re a chance to step into Living History – to ask questions and go one on one with a women whose books shaped our country and our…See More
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Mar 4
Lynn Hamilton-Rutherford replied to Kathryn Stripling Byer's discussion Mary Adams's new chapbook COMMANDMENT
"This is so perfect ... the thought of every woman, who KNOWS what the men are thinking!  But now at least we have an idea! This makes me happy in a sad, lovely sort of way!"
Mar 4
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Mom in Her Writing Nook ...

She was working on the "About the Authors" section of "Echoes Across the Blue Ridge" when I captured this one morning. Though you can't see it, her coffee cup was within gentle reach that morning. Roxie is at her feet.
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Lexie likes to sleep in the sunshine even on cold days.
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In 1945 Indiana prohibited marriage between a white person and anyone with more than one-eighth "Negro blood." Yet Daniel (black) and Anna (white) gave up family, friends, and eventually even country to create a life together. Their 42-year marriage…
Feb 5
Nancy Werking Poling replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Bent Creek, the 4-part story
"Rob, Thanks for putting this into one document. I've been following the narrative in the Citizen-Times. I find it an added resource for my next writing project. In 1910 my husband's grandfather (1866-1947) showed up in Missouri and said…"
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Lee Ann Brown replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Writer Olive Dargan rises from obscurity
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Focusing on the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, The Bang Bang Brokers tells the story of a hedge fund manager (based on a composite of real life traders) who got rich off of predicting the subprime fallout. His guilt and suicidal impulses lead him to a chance meeting with a Latino Gang, headed by small time weed dealer Ramon (Erik Michael Estrada). In hopes that Ramon will kill him in exchange for the favor, Rolley (played by Donihue) robs a rival Black Gang, earning the pair a ton of…See More
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First speculators of WNC

Zachariah Candler and Waightstill Avery were first land-buyersby Rob Neufeld             “In mid-2010, while compiling the descendant chart for the Zachariah Candler family,” Charles Haller writes in “Pushing the Indians Out,” his book about first developers, “I became interested in Zachariah’s obsession with accumulating land grants issued by the State of North Carolina.”            Zachariah was one of the resident landowners who jumped on the big post-Revolutionary War land sale.            …See More
Jan 29

Tour of 3 old cemeteries in Swannanoa Valley, May 25

Swannanoa Valley Cemeteries Tour

from press release

[also see other stories: tour of historic Old Toxaway Baptist Church Upper Cemetery; slide show tour of Old Broad River Cemetery and story about it; tour of Mt. Moriah Calvert Baptist Church Cemetery; and book about Decoration Day history]

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, in honor of Memorial Day weekend, the Swannanoa Valley Museum will hold a three-hour tour of some of the oldest cemeteries in the valley, beginning 10 a.m.


Local experts Robert Goodson and Bill Alexander will take participants through the Piney Grove, Tabernacle, and Ingram cemeteries while sharing the history of these sacred places as well as the lives of the people buried within them.


Piney Grove Cemetery, associated with the First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa, dates back to 1794. Veterans from almost every U.S. conflict are buried within the cemetery as are many of Alexander’s relatives.


Alexander said, “The earliest gravestone in the cemetery belongs to my ancestor James Alexander, though he is buried on top of his wife. He was first buried in the valley’s earliest cemetery, Patton Cemetery, behind what is now W.D. William’s Elementary School.”


But after the congregation of Patton’s Meeting House moved to their present location at Piney Grove, they moved his body and buried him in the same grave as his wife.” Participants will hear many more of Alexander’s stories about those laid to rest in the cemetery throughout the tour.


Robert Goodson will lead the tour through both the Ingram and Tabernacle cemeteries.  According to Goodson, “the Ingram cemetery was set aside for the family by Bobbie Ingram and his wife, Jennie Martin Ingram around 1820.”


The Tabernacle Cemetery, associated with Tabernacle United Methodist Church, was founded as early as 1837. One exceptional story as once told by Black Mountain resident, Cora Stepp Dula is that in 1889, when she was eight years old, she heard about a black servant who passed away on the North Fork of the Swannanoa. After he was buried in Tabernacle Cemetery someone planted a hemlock seedling at the head of the grave rather than place a headstone.


The hemlock grew until it was struck by lightning in 1970.  A cross section of the great tree, with 105 growth rings, is displayed in the church.  Part of the tree’s stump still stands beside a granite marker that shows the original location of the first Tabernacle Meeting House.


The tour will meet at 10:00am at the Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street in Black Mountain. Cost is $20 for museum members or $30 for nonmembers. (Veterans are free with a paying counterpart.) To register contact the museum at 828-669-9566 or More information can be found on the museum's website


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