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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

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
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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

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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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
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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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DONALD MAROTTA commented on Rob Neufeld's group Promoting Writers
"I am sorry to have missed the Burnsville based festival workshops. I wanted to go to make some new friends. I have a list of names to try to contact in nearby counties and will proceed this way.     In the meanwhile, is there anyone…"
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"The comment you posted in 2009 about southern women passive aggressive and abusing themselves was difficult for me to understand then. Less so after reading Caitlin Flannagan's To Hell With All That- Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife. I…"
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"What about local gazettes possibly appearing individually online--or in library directories--which may cover the field, but won't have widgets. Calling the Ghost Busters will not help, except if you think it will for momentary relief. Sorry…"
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"My name is Don Marotta, originally from Philadelphia. I live in the Tri-Cities, TN area. A book I authored was published and I continue to write, but less so. A cousin in Philadelphia was a theater producer, director, actor for many years and I am…"
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"Kevin, I was the author of Prospecting for Old Furniture, written before my having knowledge of self-promotion. It was written from several perspectives, including my company's work in restoring antique furniture. An editor of Mid-West reviews…"
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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.

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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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