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Coalescence

Coalescence (part of  Living Poem)Intro 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 our power.) Distractions are good, puzzles that teaseAnd please and fill the main scene, whichIncludes…See More
Dec 11
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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
Nov 15
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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
Nov 9
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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
Nov 6
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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
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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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Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Fantastic, that will be very helpful."
Sep 22
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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"
Sep 22
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?"
Sep 22

April 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Pap And The Big Rock



Pap and his buddies found much mischief to get into when they were kids. Most of the time no harm was done.





One Sunday afternoon, the group of boys were up on the mountain-enjoying one of their favorite pastimes-rolling rocks off the side of the mountain. They would push or pry the rocks until they began rolling down the mountainside-contests usually ensued as they bet on whose rock… Continue

Added by Tipper on April 29, 2009 at 2:51pm — No Comments

How a writer avoids working on a deadline:

Has a stare-down with a chipmunk who’s climbed up the Tulip Poplar and is cramming as many sunflower seeds into his cheeks he can possibly fit. He sees you. You see him. The stare begins. You win when he runs away, but you feel silly about it and then hum softly to yourself as if it doesn’t matter.



Watches Rachael Ray chop garlic at the speed of sound while talking about her family while waving her hands around while shaking a pot of simmering meat while pouring EVOO while grinning… Continue

Added by Kathryn Magendie on April 27, 2009 at 9:58am — No Comments

JC Walk up interviewed me for The Guide....

and it was great fun!

http://www.themountaineer.com/newsite/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=711:author-talks-about-her-craft-life-in-haywood-county&catid=31:guide&Itemid=29

she reviewed TG, too - thank you JC!

Added by Kathryn Magendie on April 23, 2009 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Say What?



Every once in a while-an old saying bubbles up from my consciousness and flows straight out of my mouth. It leaves me wondering why I said it-where I heard it-and who was the first person to say it.



One day last week, I was describing a tornado that hit near Atlanta recently-I said "it tore up Jack". As soon as I spoke the words-I thought how long has it been since I heard someone say that-and why did it float to the top of my mind… Continue

Added by Tipper on April 22, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Haunted?



I always wondered if this house on Oakwood Street in West Asheville was haunted.This photo was taken in about 1938 or 1939. It seems I can see ghostly figures behind me when I look at this photo. I can even see some looking through the window..My grandfather died in this house, and my grandmother died the year before when the family was living in this house.Grandma Sallie died in 1917 and Grandpa Will died in 1918. They were young and had young… Continue

Added by Sallie on April 20, 2009 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

The signing went beautifully

I couldn't be happier. More people than I ever could have imagined attended.

A blogger I'd never met drove from Georgia, almost 2 hours away, to attend - I felt honored.

I feel nothing but gratitude.

Added by Kathryn Magendie on April 18, 2009 at 5:36pm — 2 Comments

Things are progressing nicely, I think

Tonight is my first signing - I guess I'll see if anyone shows up....at any rate, we'll have some yummy food and cake and some champagne, so if Osondu staff, me, my husband, and about three friends are there, we'll just gobble it all down *laugh*



I'm beginning to see reviews for Tender Graces - and so far so good, but what is also a wonderful thing is the "off the cuff" comments from bloggers who have bought the book - I'm surprised and happy at the response.



We all just… Continue

Added by Kathryn Magendie on April 17, 2009 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Gravity Fed Spring Water In Appalachia



Water-sometimes we take it for granted-the way it magically falls from our faucets or appears on store shelves we visit. For most folks living in the USA, water is easily accessible-even during times of drought.



Throughout the world's history people have used different methods of attaining and using water-from the elaborate schemes of the Romans to present day filtration systems which insure we drink only the purest cleanest… Continue

Added by Tipper on April 14, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 6



Time for this month's Appalachian Vocabulary Test.



1. Clutterment

2. Cut a dido/rusty

3. Cuttin up

4. Coon

5. Country





1. Clutterment-clutter, mess, debris. "The girls' bedroom is so full of clutterment you can barely get the door open."



2. Cut a dido or cut a rusty-pitch a fit, a tantrum. "The little boy ran up the aisle of the church cutting… Continue

Added by Tipper on April 13, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Better Late Than Never Excerpt



TITLE: Better Late Than Never

AUTHOR: Stephanie Morris

AUTHOR URL: http://www.stephaniemorris.webs.com

GENRE/THEME: Interracial Sensual Romance

PUBLISHER: Amira Press

ISBN: 978-1-935348-31-3

RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2009

URL TO THE BUYING PAGE:… Continue

Added by Author Stephanie Morris on April 12, 2009 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Tender Graces will be shipped out tomorrow...!

I'm excited and terrified, but Tender Graces's pre-orders will be shipped tomorrow - along with any bookseller orders. My first signing will be at Osondu's on 4/17 from 7-9 PM (reservations, so if anyone here would like to attend - I'd love to meet you there! Call Osondu's!)....



I've been invited to the Louisiana Festival of the Book, so that's exciting.



So far, the few reviews I've had are good - more will be coming and I'll just wait and see how that goes.



I… Continue

Added by Kathryn Magendie on April 12, 2009 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Great Great Grandfather Died In A POW Camp In Chicago

My great great grandfather William Goldsmith died in a Prison Camp in Chicago. There is a documentary sometimes shown on The History Channel about this camp called 80 Acres of Hell. click here

This is the family history.. The way we ended up in the Mountains of NC is that John Goldsmith, the

husband of Elizabeth Marchbanks, died in May 1825 in Simpsonville,SC (Greenville County).He is buried in the old Goldsmith Family Cemetery…
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Added by Sallie on April 11, 2009 at 6:00pm — 24 Comments

Louise Howe Bailey

As many of you know--and Gary Carden will be a featured speaker at our event--Hendersonville will be hosting our Inaugural celebration of the Blue Ridge Book & Author Showcase on Saturday, May 9, at the Blue Ridge Community College.



On Friday evening, a ticketed reception will be held at the The Cedars, 227 Seventh Avenue West, Hendersonville, with Robert Morgan speaking. A limited number of tickets are available at the Henderson County Visitors Center on Main Street. ($20/pp,… Continue

Added by Charleen Bertolini on April 10, 2009 at 9:32am — No Comments

Blind Pig & The Acorn-Sign up for our new FREE feature!



I'm excited to share a new feature of the Blind Pig & The Acorn with you today! We have developed an email newsletter for our readers. The newsletter is free and will consist of:





Upcoming posts-make sure to drop by for the posts that interest you or forward the info to someone you know would enjoy it.





The comments folks… Continue

Added by Tipper on April 9, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Hard Freeze Warning



A hard freeze warning has been issued, for the following 2 nights, for much of the South. This means my...





Hostas will turn to mush,





my ornamental Dogwood's blooms will turn black,





my Bleeding Hearts will shrivel up to nothing,…



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Added by Tipper on April 6, 2009 at 2:47pm — 1 Comment

The Hills That I Call Home



I was born upon a hillside





Where the pines sing in the wind





Where my Daddy lived before me





and my Grandpa before him





We believe in simple living



It's the only life…
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Added by Tipper on April 4, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Poetry Month Celebrations at Spellbound

April is National Poetry Month. Here’s how we’re celebrating at Spellbound:



All poetry books are on sale for the whole month of April! Save 20% off the retail price on all poetry books, including special orders placed this month. Discover the world of children's poetry beyond Shel Silverstein, including regional authors like Asheville's very own Allan Wolf,… Continue

Added by Spellbound on April 3, 2009 at 12:56pm — No Comments

My Carolina Crafting Episode Premiered!



My Carolina Crafting Episode went this week!! I'm so excited!



I still can't believe I was ever asked to do the show in the first place!! It was a totally awesome experience. And the good news-I don't sound as much like a hick as I thought I… Continue

Added by Tipper on April 2, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Finished With Edits!

I am excited to announce that I have finished the line edits Better Late Than Never the first book in the Smith Sister's Trilogy for its release! It was nice to hear the editor compliment my plot and fortunately the revisions were simple. The release date is set for the middle of April 10, 2009.





In first story, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, Kristen Smith loves to work with children and her life-long dream of opening her own childcare center has finally come true. Everything couldn’t… Continue

Added by Author Stephanie Morris on April 1, 2009 at 9:28pm — No Comments

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