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The Tale of Ononis

The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
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Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story and Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies

January 23, 2019 at 10am to February 27, 2019 at 12pm
A Storytelling Offering in Asheville, NCWednesday Mornings 10am-12pmJanuary 23 – February 27, 2019 This winter Connie is excited to offer a learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville, NC at Lenoir-Rhyne University for six story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. During these weekly sessions participants are invited…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming…See More
Oct 28
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Let’s say every word is precious

Let’s say every word is precious (Part of Living Poem) Let’s say every word is precious.Say every word is precious.Every word is precious.Every word precious.Every word.Word.--Rob Neufeld, Oct. 16, 2018See More
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Nancy Sutton replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Metamorphoses
"Poignant in so many ways!   "
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Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses (Part of Living Poem)Hear audio: Metamorphoses%20181004_0192.MP3 So Apollo committed the first rape.He’d come back from exterminating Python,The Bane of Humanity, now his arrow-victim,And stopped to mock…See More
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First Drumbeat

First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud.  I’m a dude,A dad.  But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
Sep 22
Rob Neufeld replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Thanks for the prompt, Joan!  I have attached the whole work in progress as a doc at the bottom of the table of contents page: http://thereadonwnc.ning.com/special/living-poem"
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Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Is there a way from this website to print everything or might you send me such a document to bayjh@icloud.com?"
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Branch McDowell County Public Library

October 24, 2018 from 4pm to 5pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be launching her new poetry collection A Neighborhood Changes (Finishing Line Press, 2018) at a book presentation and signing to be held at the McDowell County Public Library in Marion on October 24.See More
Sep 21
Rob Neufeld replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"This could be interesting--thanks!  I'm at 828-505-1973 (my home business office).  And RNeufeld@charter.net."
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The Missing by Tim Gautreaux 6 Replies

Started by Rob Neufeld. Last reply by Gary Carden Apr 5, 2009.

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Comment by Kathryn Magendie on April 12, 2009 at 11:25am
Reading Adriana Trigliani's "Very Valentine" - I had a coupon and thought I'd try it. It's a little bit on the "romance'y" side for me, and some of the writing seems as if she's "filling in" --as if she came up short on word count and had to put something in there, there are some mistakes in the first 100 pages that kept bumping me out of the story (but I do understand how these things can happen, having gone through galley proofs of my own recently--still.....). I'm enjoying the work as a "light read" until I move on to something else, but am still a little disappointed in this book of hers. It's been a while since I read her stories - the Big Cherry Holler ones, where mountain top removal is addressed (if not in that book, in the series it is addressed), and find this latest work doesn't shine up to my memory.

Trigliana is charming though, her characters are charming, so how can I not help but enjoy the book for that reason alone?
Comment by Kathryn Magendie on April 10, 2009 at 7:51am
Sounds interesting! And anyone someone wants more, that's a good sign.
Comment by nancy dillingham on April 9, 2009 at 8:28pm
And we are reading Julie Andrews' memoir Home for the West Asheville Library book discussion for May. I was just today reading the reviews--and they say "crisp prose, immaculate story telling.' Sounds good! The book is about her early life up to the time she made Mary Poppins. One reviewer says that he's hoping for Home II.
Comment by Kathryn Magendie on April 7, 2009 at 4:52pm
Hello Rob! I just finished Angela Dove's book (reviewed it for R&T). I'm reading a memoir - but an old one "Drinking: A Love Story...." I rarely read memoirs, but picked up this one while out of town and am curious. Just started it. Next I'm hoping to read Ron Rash's Serena.
Comment by Rob Neufeld on April 7, 2009 at 9:17am
Hey, Kathryn, welcome! Is there a book you'd like to discuss with people? You see that they get discussed in individual forums above. /Rob
Comment by Rob Neufeld on April 2, 2009 at 1:49pm
I'm ready to go with The Missing. See feature. Let's who'll join us in the forum above. /Rob
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 21, 2009 at 10:11am
This is going to take a couple of weeks to start up, I think. Let's join in, say what books we've read or will be reading, and give others a chance to read the same if they wish. The individual books will go into forums within this group.

We don't need a lot of people in each forum. It'd be fun to talk with even just a few people about a book. But I think the advance notice is helpful--'cause how many people, for instance, are reading the same books as me right at this moment? Once we put forward a few titles, they can be advertised. Or you can read a book and invite a few others directly to join you.

Gary Carden wants to read The Missing, Tim Gautreaux's new novel, and so do I, so that's one. Allegra Huston, co-director with Jim Nave of The Writer's Salon (a creativity retreat in Black Mountain, May-4-8), and daughter of filmmaker John Huston, will be talking abut her new book, Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found, 7 p.m., May 4, at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. So Love Child is another top choice.
 

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