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Citizen science author in Asheville April 6

Eco author in Asheville April 6 Citizen science can foster earth-saving policies Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in conversation with Mallory McDuff, Warren Wilson…See More
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Appalachian Authors Book Signing and Reading at Historic Carson House

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Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author and reader at the Appalachian Authors  Book Signing and Reading to be held at the Historic Carson House on Saturday, April 8 from 10-3. She will debut her new poetry collection A Part of Me. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.See More
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2012 Award Winner for Literature -- Gary Neil Carden

A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections.  Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
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March 19, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

March 30, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release info is at…See More
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HESTER      Growing up in Asheville,  N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “       My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
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African-American musicians in Asheville

African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
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Blind Man's Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
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"Hello Renea, Thanks for your message.  I am a writer with a humorous approach in ongoing works.  I also have a background with training for working in teaching, counseling, and parenting, and have done much, some now with surprising worth.…"
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Do not let a surgeon or doctor, minister, anyone, or anything remove your funny bone. If this has happened, find a friend who helps you reinstall it, and keep it close within you.

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I live near Roan Mountain and am working to complete two humor books. One of them, a result of my living in Appalachia, is now titled You Just Don't Know Hillbillies. The other makes light of antique furniture and balances it with new-tiques and others. I book I did with an illustrator is Prospecting for Old Furniture, a practical book for insuring quality in buying antique furniture.

I have degrees in counselor education from UFLA and English from ETSU, and have worked in mental health and teaching English. I have lived in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Staunton, VA, cities in Florida, and country areas. Humor of any kind interests me.

A woman from Indiana and I were talking about her parents while we were waiting on car repairs a few days ago. She said that when faced with the question of Alzheimers, her mother said, well no, she didn't have it, but she does have Sometimers.

I have benefited from Norman Cousins's books, including Anatomy of an Illness and Head First, which scrutinizes medical diagnoses. I also like The Laughter Prescription by Lawrence Peter and Bill Dana, much other humor writing and the work of The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor and The Humor Project. I would be interested in a joke or whatever you like.

Donald Marotta
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At 11:30pm on June 16, 2009, Lea Hamer Crandall said…
Love it - want it - have it in me and it's just about ready to come out. I have a theory on why Southern women are so OVERLY accommodating, passive aggressive, pleasing to men and VIOLENTLY emotionally abusive towards themselves and specific children. Tragic, funny and at the same time very much the experience of a lot of the middle to upper class women born in the South East during the 1960's and 1970's.

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