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Nancy Werking Poling posted an event

Nancy Werking Poling at Pack Library, downtown Asheville

August 9, 2017 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Nancy Werking Poling will read from her new book, Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage (1945-1987).The Winters' forty-two-year marriage spanned key historical periods of the 20th century and took them from Indiana to Mexico City. Freed from U.S. racism, Daniel felt "as Mexican as chile verde." Meanwhile, Anna, a reserved white woman who struggled with speaking Spanish, experienced no similar sense of liberation. Before It Was Legal is not a happily-ever-after story, but an honest…See More
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Gail Godwin full interview for Grief Cottage event

Gail Godwin talks about Grief Cottage            Asheville author Gail Godwin, now a Woodstock, NY resident, comes back home here Wed., June 14 to present her new novel, “Grief Cottage” at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m.             “Grief Cottage” is the story of an orphaned, sensitive, troubled boy, named…See More
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First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

A Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byerin Hendersonville Author's Six Notable Women of North CarolinaA biography of the late Kathryn Stripling "Kay" Byer of Cullowhee, the first woman and longest-serving (2005-2009) Poet Laureate in the state, is featured in Six Notable Women of North Carolina by Jack J. Prather of Hendersonville, founder of the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College. The 43-page biography includes poems selected by the poet who passed away on…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Community Building

June 17, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author at the McDowell County 2017 Local Author Festival at the Marion Community Building in downtown Marion on Saturday, June 17 from 10-3. The event is sponsored by the McDowell County Public Library and is free and open to the public.See More
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Mom's has-been groove in ghost-boy novel

Marcus, in Gail Godwin’s new novel, Grief Cottage, recalls his friendship with Wheezer, whom he’d once beaten up at school because Wheezer had exposed Marcus’ shameful secret about his mom.  Now Marcus, age 10, is an orphan.  His dad has always been unknown to him; and his mom has just died in a car accident. Relocated to his aunt’s beach house, Marcus, despite the safety of the place, finds himself in trouble. He’s communicating with a ghost.  He’s having dreams about a non-existent older…See More
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Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness at City Lights Bookstore

July 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Linda Star Wolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 28th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her new book, Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness.  Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner, Nita Gage co-wrote the book with Linda Star Wolf. The authors explore how the art of Soul Whispering can help each of us understand why we experience our lives the way we do and shift from healing our wounds to embracing the process of transformation. This is a powerful new…See More
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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
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Rosalind Bunn Storytime at City Lights Bookstore

June 24, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Rosalind Bunn will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime. Rosalind teaches at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. She has three grown children and a new grandson. Rosalind has co-authored three children's books with a dear friend, Kathleen Howard. Her newest book, Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou, is illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins and was released in December 2016. Her other titles are Whose Shadow Do I See?, The Monsters…See More
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I Have a Coin

I Have a Coin I have a coin I deem a treasure.One side bears the sign of extinction,And the other, an instance of nature.But it’s not a coin; it’s a seal,And the meaning of this distinctionIs the unbearable sadness I feelWith experience, or with closure. It seems like a double exposure,But the knowledge of impermanenceBleeds into the ideal likenessOf mortality in its eminence—To yield a vibrant pictureOf a creature’s essential brightnessAs it burns for life without censure. --Rob NeufeldSee More
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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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