I've written about drying apples
before-but have always been interested in learning more about the way folks in Appalachia bleached apples by using a sulfur smoking method. Recently I read a wonderful clear account of the tradition from John Parris's These Storied Mountains
. The ladies he interviewed lived in the Bethel area of… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 28, 2009 at 11:30am —
Late at night the ‘coons would come from across the creek
to noisily eat at our dog’s bowl.
The mama ‘coon would bring her kits,
stepping so lightly on the dry stones in the creek.
One-by-one each would quickly leap
from dry stone to dry stone until all were safely across.
They would cross the old country road in front of our property,
carefully looking both ways for errant farm hands coming back from town after an evening of drinking in the town’s… Continue
Added by Chuck Connors on September 25, 2009 at 2:07am —
When I was a kid everybody said cattle were about the dumbest animals around.
Uncle Homer said “you can’t drive cattle from one 20 acre field to another
without some of ‘em trying to go through the fence instead of the gate!”
But I knew it wasn’t true because my friends the calves and me would play games during the summer in the field behind the barn.
Each summer’s morning when the dew was still damp upon the grass I’d take the sweet feed for the half-grown heifers and… Continue
Added by Chuck Connors on September 25, 2009 at 12:53am —
Dreary, foggy, rainy days;
days when most people
want to stay inside and read and sleep
While little birds hide in the bushes,
feathers wet and dripping, looking dejected;
peeping forlornly, fearful of predators
The land covered with a diffuse, mellow light;
neither day or night, it seems to go on forever,
twilight from early morning until black night
One late summer’s day I took a walk in the rain
Listening to the raindrops… Continue
Added by Chuck Connors on September 22, 2009 at 12:34am —
What about relations between men and women?
Why is it that we fuss and fight (or worse)?
Do you think it was different in the beginning
when we were running around in fig leaves?
Could it be we’re opposite sides of the same coin;
Human and definitely not perfect also?
Or are we really from different planets;
women from Venus and men from Mars?
We live in a time caught between good and evil,
a strange place seemingly neither… Continue
Added by Chuck Connors on September 22, 2009 at 12:28am —
Last weekend we spent the day at the old house that sits beside the TVA Lake
. Chatter and Chitter found tons of old plate and bottle shards while searching the shoreline.
Each piece of history they carried back to show me, made me think of… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 19, 2009 at 2:43pm —
Are you ready for a test? Cause it's time for this month's Appalachian Vocabulary Test.
1.Frail-old, feeble, sickly or to beat something. "Granny always frailed the rugs against the barn to get the dirt out of them."
2.Floozy-a loose trashy woman. "You ain't wearing that short dress out of this house. Folks will think you're a… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 19, 2009 at 2:30pm —
I'm spending the fall semester in Evanston, IL While my husband teaches, I'm promoting my book, OUT OF THE PUMPKIN SHELL. Five book groups will be discussing it in October and November and have invited me as guest. I'll also be reading tonight at The Book Cellar, in Chicago.
I miss western North Carolina's mountains.
Added by Nancy Werking Poling on September 17, 2009 at 5:56pm —
Added by Kathryn Stripling Byer on September 17, 2009 at 5:18pm —
Hi y'all! Hope to see you at City Lights this Saturday at 7PM
, where I'll be reading/signing Tender Graces.
Also, I'm guest blogging at Author Culture today
Stop by and say… Continue
Added by Kathryn Magendie on September 16, 2009 at 8:05am —
I forget there is a blog here and I doubt that anyone reads it. Just in case, since I rambled on in my last antique post about what to write, I wanted to mention that I did
write something this year.
I returned to my first love in fiction and found absolute joy in composing my first Young Adult novel, which remarkably found representation in two days with the most incredibly wonderful agent in the world (do I admit to… Continue
Added by Randy Russell on September 15, 2009 at 9:42am —
Groundhog’s livin’ in the woodpile;
country livin’ at it’s best
You and I might not think much of it,
but it sure passes the groundhog’s test
Eight foot high and pretty wide,
that wood pile’s got lots of room
With lots of twisty tunnels underneath,
that old groundhog ain’t goin’ nowhere soon
We got a groundhog livin’ in our woodpile,
Yeah the whistle-pig’s got him a nest
Pretty high-class livin’ for a groundhog,
much better’n… Continue
Added by Chuck Connors on September 13, 2009 at 4:54pm —
Padding through the forest feeling kinda’ mean
Sniffed peculiar bushes, their leaves the palest green
Got a bit closer, what’s hangin’ from them leaves?
Dark, round blueberries, a purple harvest just for me
Pop ‘em in my mouth, scrunch, scrunch, scrunch
Big juicy blueberries, cheeks, fill ‘em up like a chipmunk
Can’t stop eaten’ ‘em as I move from bush-to-bush
A blueberry feast goin’ swoosh, swoosh, swoosh
Uh oh, what’s that? I… Continue
Added by Chuck Connors on September 13, 2009 at 4:47pm —
All alone on the Big Rock, out in the grassy field
Staring at the mountains, wondering what it means to be real
Nothing I’ve ever tried, worked for very long
I failed at everything--sold my talents for a song
All my hopes they turned to ashes
All my dreams were scattered to the winds
And whenever I’ve reached my heart out
Love’s rejection became a rout
And if I really tried, I could almost see the goal
Until my plans fell… Continue
Added by Chuck Connors on September 13, 2009 at 4:46pm —
Deep in the primeval forest
Way past the back of beyond
A cheery glow in a secret glen welcomes the traveler anon
Outside the sphere of the campfire
The shadows dance around
Our faces contemplative—no cares and certainly no frowns
The fragrant logs pop and hiss
And slowly disappear
We think we control nature and so have lost our fear
I step out in the darkness
And look up to the sky
Beholding God’s creation and still I… Continue
Added by Chuck Connors on September 13, 2009 at 4:44pm —
I am so delighted that Rob wrote about the 75th Anniversary of the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the A-C-T today - Sunday Sept. 13.
Celebrations and activities have been going on all year.
On Sept. 2, the park had a rededication celebration, to recommemorate
the dedication of the park by FDR in 1940.
Yes, the Smokies became a park in 1934 but it took FDR six years to find the place.
So, the National… Continue
Added by Danny Bernstein on September 13, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Sue Cole was born in 1932. Earlier this summer, as we sit under a canopy of trees, she shared her memories of school with me.
I went to Spring Hill school in Haywood County, NC. We had school about 8 months out of the year cause children had to help their parents with the planting of the garden and the harvesting of the garden.
The school had two potbellied stoves. Some of the older boys were responsible for getting in… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 12, 2009 at 9:48am —
One of the most oft heard mantras in writing groups, and an important one, is "Show, don't tell." Some years ago I was in a group, and the mode of criticism favored by one of the writers was to go through a piece and find every instance of "telling" and mark it "Show this." I never saw him make any other suggestions to anyone in the group, but that one he made often, to everyone. It was a valuable note, and we could use some of our revising time much less wisely than searching out those… Continue
Added by Jerry Stubblefield on September 11, 2009 at 4:50pm —
Call for promo and giveaway items!!!
Hello my fellow authors! I will be attending a literary event in Fort Worth, Texas, September 26th and 27th. I would like to return the favor that some of my fellow authors have given me. If you would like to send book marks, post cards, etc. to give away please let me know. All items must be received by September 24th.
If you will like to send in promo items please respond by emailing me at… Continue
Added by Author Stephanie Morris on September 9, 2009 at 10:58pm —
TITLE: Staking His Claim
AUTHOR: Stephanie Morris
AUTHOR URL: http://www.stephaniemorris.webs.com
GENRE/THEME: Contemporary Interracial Romance
URL TO THE BUYING PAGE:… Continue
Added by Author Stephanie Morris on September 7, 2009 at 1:28pm —