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The Sultan's Dream

The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
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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

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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

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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

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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
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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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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
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Branch McDowell County Public Library

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I'm a voracious reader, a book reviewer, a writer. I do reviews for some local publications, blog for the Cit-Times as "the Village Witch" and work as a freelance writer and tarot card reader. When I'm not reading or writing, I garden and act as a priestess in my community.
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I have returned here like an old-style prodigal because I have left bookselling and returned to writing. I am very active on Facebook and do the occasional tweet but thought it best to return here and see how this mule plows.

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Rainy Afternoon of Book Signing

Friends!  Are you on the receiving end of this slow and steady rain?  I wouldn't have thought we could stand much more water but am grateful for full rain barrels and a garden I don't have to water.

The first wee printing of my book has sold out and the second printing arrived late Wednesday. I am very grateful for its reception, especially amongst folks who remember these old techniques or heard tell of them from elder relatives. Like this one, from the mother of a friend and…

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Posted on July 13, 2012 at 12:28pm

Announcing Book Release

Here's the press release announcing publication of my little book! I'm about to get excited about this whole thing. 

re: a friendly and useful book from Asheville’s Byron Ballard and Silver Rings Press

Silver Rings Press, an imprint of indie publisher rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING, Candler, NC, is pleased to announce the publication of “Staubs and Ditchwater: a Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo” by H. Byron Ballard.  Ballard, a popular blogger…

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Posted on June 1, 2012 at 8:50am

Launch Party for Staubs & Ditchwatrer

for immediate release  5/30/12

Accent on Books is pleased to celebrate H. Byron Ballard's book "Staubs and Ditchwater: a Friendly and Useful Introduction to Hillfolks’ Hoodoo" with a launch party on Friday, June 15th at 6PM. The book is Ballard's first and is published by Silver Rings Press. Ballard will speak about the process for creating "Staubs and Ditchwater", read a little from the book and copies will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments will be served.  For…

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At 4:08pm on April 5, 2012, Charles F. Price said…

We'll work something out that fits Ruth's schedule.  Sorry, her schedule is worse than Obama's.

At 9:28am on April 4, 2012, Charles F. Price said…

I thought we all should've attended naked but nobody backed me up.  Hope we can see you soon--Ruth's schedule is a killer and I've just about become a hermit up here in my holler.  I hardly go anywhere.  I do bathe on occasion.

At 12:08pm on April 3, 2012, Cynthia Drew said…

Cannot wait for the slingshot to hurl me back toward happiness. Criminy, between Mercury and Mars, things will be fine for about ten minutes before Mercury goes retro again. Sorry, I'll stop being a wet blanket now. Charles seems pretty chirpy, though.

At 11:44am on April 3, 2012, Charles F. Price said…

Ruth's fine.  She's a caregiver consultant for Project CARE out of Park Ridge Health in Fletcher.  She works with folks whose loved ones have dementia.  She serves six WNC counties and stays on the go while I sit home and peck at the computer slowly becoming more and more obscure despite my best efforts.  I did write an afterword for Brian Knopp's collaborative novel Naked Came the Leaf Peeper, which some folks thought was amusing.

At 11:27am on April 3, 2012, Cynthia Drew said…

I am in a pout this morning and don't really know why. Except that I am usually predisposed to growls, pouts, funks and ennui at best during Mercury's retrograde. When does this end, oh, when will it ever end? Am willing to kick up some dust to liven things up around here.

At 11:23am on April 3, 2012, Charles F. Price said…

Hey, Byron, I've missed you and all the crew there.  Since marrying Ruth I hardly ever go to Asheville.  Got a new book coming out next spring--nonfiction, believe it or not!  You can check it out on my blog: charlesfprice.blogspot.com.  My sequel to Nor the Battle to the Strong is in the hands of my publisher, languishing there seemingly forever. What have you written?  How are you?  What's up?  I LOVE you!  Charles

At 11:13am on April 3, 2012, Patrick Covington said…

I think the Older Brother stole it away.

At 11:03am on April 3, 2012, Patrick Covington said…

Yep -- guess I should take care of that. Although that placeholder does have a kind of this-is-the-way-I-am-before-my-first-cup-of-coffee feel to it.

At 10:34am on April 3, 2012, Celia Miles said…

Within the hour we are gone--and yeaaaa to the book. You know I'll be at its launch!

At 10:15am on April 3, 2012, Celia Miles said…

Beats me, Byron! I'm new to being on here. But soon off to explore stone circles. Wheeee. I hope you are writing up a storm!

 
 
 

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