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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
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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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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
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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

September 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Bleaching Apples The Old Time Way



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 — No Comments

'Coons Across the Creek

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 — No Comments

Playing with the Cows

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 — No Comments

Little Foxes

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 — No Comments

Land of Puzzling Tales

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 — No Comments

Civil War Letters 4



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 — No Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 11



Are you ready for a test? Cause it's time for this month's Appalachian Vocabulary Test.



1.Frail

2.Floozy

3.Fixen to

4.Fell

5.Frolic



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 — 1 Comment

An Illinois stay

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 — No Comments

MY NEW CHAPBOOK HAS ARRIVED

GO TO

http://kathrynstriplingbyer.blogspot.com/2009/09/my-new-chapbook-has-arrived.html

Added by Kathryn Stripling Byer on September 17, 2009 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Reading/Signing at City Lights Sylva this Saturday at 7PM

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 — No Comments

Well, I wrote it



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 — 1 Comment

Woodpile

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 — No Comments

Purple Harvest

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 — No Comments

Big Rock

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 — No Comments

The Campfire--Redux

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 — No Comments

75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park



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 — 3 Comments

Spring Hill School, Haywood County, NC

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…
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Added by Tipper on September 12, 2009 at 9:48am — No Comments

Tell, Don't Show

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 — 2 Comments

Free Promo Opportunity for All Authors!

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 — No Comments

Staking His Claim



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 — No Comments

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