Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis. The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of Living Poem)Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our minds, disabling…See More
In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood. Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood. In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview. But....was this really…See More
IntermissionHear audio by clicking mp3 attachment!(Part of poem, "Coalescence") I thought I might take a break at this point to look around,Now that I’m in the business of making things resound.It’s so nice to have the luxury of being carefree. If you stop and sit back and try to take in everything,It stuns you and you can’t focus on anythingUntil something crops up, and what…See More
The Main Show: A Story Poem Cycle(formerly, Coalescence) (part of Living Poem)The Main Show Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and…See More
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
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
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
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
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
"Hey Dot! Hope you are doing well today! I have a favor to ask you-remember back a few weeks ago we were discussing springs and water in the folklorist group-could I use part of your comment on my blog? I'm writing a post about spring water and…"
"Rob, alas this computer will not let me see the video or pick up sound -- it has been witched. But the story -- which I wish could be much longer -- needs to be told and re-told. I am surprised and a little dismayed that the descendants of people…"
Hey Dot, its Nelson (Heywood) Garth. Betty and I just saw your documentary "The Prince of Dark Corners" and were happy to see you!
Soory we lost touch, please email me at email@example.com. We would like to get together sometime with you, Kacky, and Fred if possible. Please get back with me,
Mrs. Jackson~Hey there from Dacusville! I was thrilled to find you as a member on this website. I haven't been on here in forever...but, I did want to send you a quick comment to ask if you received the letter I had sent to you. I mailed it priority after meeting you at your house a couple of months ago with my aunt (Sandra McAlister). It meant so much to all of us that I just had to write to you as soon as I could. I wanted to make sure you got it, as I filled the envelope slap full of goodies:) You just let me know if I need to getta hold of the post office in the event that it did not arrive. I can't even imagine how busy you must be or how many letters you are getting...but if you get the chance, I would love to hear back from you. If you want to email me you can at PresentsotheLord@aol.com.
Hey Dot! Hope you are doing well today! I have a favor to ask you-remember back a few weeks ago we were discussing springs and water in the folklorist group-could I use part of your comment on my blog? I'm writing a post about spring water and wanted to add your thoughts to it. I will give you credit of course and link it back to something if you want me to. You can let me know if it's o.k. or not.
Dot-I guess I am quite a bit younger than you are-I'm 38. I don't remember hearing about the Doc from the mine. But I bet my mother's family knew him. She was raised in Ranger-and most of her brothers-uncles-and her father all worked at the mine back then. One brother worked there until it changed over to what it is today-some kinda chemical company. I wish there were more doctors like that now. A dollar-hard to imagine.