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Aim for Beauty

In honor of my blog Plant Whatever Brings You Joy's 10th Blogiversary I've posted a chapter from my book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden. This particular chapter was also excerpted in Fairview's GreenPrints magazine, which was greatly appreciated. Read more here: http://plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com/aim-for-beauty/…See More
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McCrumb ghost-opened world in The Unquiet Grave

McCrumb sees stories behind haunting ghost by Rob NeufeldPHOTO: Sharyn McCrumb and her dog Arthur, 2017.  Photo by Laura Palmer, courtesy, Sharyn McCrumb In “The Unquiet Grave,” Sharyn McCrumb once again demonstrates her mastery at turning a folktale into something larger, different, and greater.The legend of the…See More
Sep 10
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James Vestus Miller

­HISTORIC PHOTO James Vester Miller James Vester Miller had been a boy when his mother, a Rutherfordton slave, had responded to Emancipation by taking her three children to Asheville and getting a job as a cook in a boardinghouse—some say Julia Wolfe’s boardinghouse, Old Kentucky Home.  Growing up, Miller hung…See More
Aug 26
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Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library.  Photo by author.            “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
Aug 25
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Dellinger's Mill, Hawk, Mitchell County

Meet the 4th generation miller of a historic millby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Triptych of Dellinger Mill and Jack Dellinger in his mill, showing the hopper, the 1859 waterwheel, bags of cornmeal, and the National Historic Place plaque.  Photos and composition by Henry Neufeld.            I had written about…See More
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FullSizeRender Lexie in the pillows

This is my little Lexie, a chihuahua mix who is tiny but so sweet. Here she is trying to sleep under my pillows. She is a burrower. Makes a great watch dog because she has a fierce bark.
Aug 10
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Tribute to Kathryn Stripling Byer at Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, NC

October 1, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
On October 1, Sunday afternoon, 2 PM, at Jackson County  Library in the Community Room, NCWN and NCWN-West will honor the late Poet Laureate, Kathryn S. Byer . Everyone is invited to come. We will share her poetry and talk about her achievements and her legacy for writers and poets in NC. If Kay touched your life in some way, come and pay tribute to her. We all miss her and this is a way to share our mourning for losing her and show our appreciation for what she did for us. See More
Aug 10
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WRITERS CIRCLE IN SPRING

"On Saturday, September 9, 10:30 a.m., Richard Kraweic will teach a class at Writers Circle. He will teach how to organize a poetry book for publication. I know I need to learn that lesson. How about you?"
Aug 10
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WRITERS CIRCLE IN SPRING

"We have a memoir class going on now until the first Wednesday in September. Wish you could join us in a class at Writers Circle around the Table."
Aug 10
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East Asheville history and sites

A meaningful tour of East Asheville PHOTO CAPTION: View of Beverly Hills suburb, from a painting by Gibson Catlett that had once hung at subdivision offices.  Courtesy Special Collection, Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville.            I was walking in the Beverly Hills neighborhood the other day and noticed a few…See More
Aug 3
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Interview with Gail Godwin about Grief Cottage

Gail Godwin’s latest crosses a mental boundary by Rob Neufeld 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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Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan Poetrio reading at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

August 6, 2017 from 3pm to 4pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured Poetrio poet at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café on Sunday, August 6, at 3 p.m. Julia will be reading from her new book A Part of Me. Fred Chappell says of A Part of Me: "Duncan's every reader will be reminded of some person, place, or time important to recall in a quiet hour."See More
Jul 28
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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October 2009 Blog Posts (15)

How I escaped from the craft store with my masculinity intact

Editor’s note: This is a work of autobiographical fiction. Some of the facts have been changed to protect the dumb, foolish and outright scared.



I was taken to the craft store the other day searching for Halloween costume brick-a brack. Two other wusses, I mean men were there and they were obviously terrified.

As they were pulled along by their female captors they had anxious fearful looks on their faces which shouted silently, “Help Me!” Glancing over my shoulder, I caught… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 26, 2009 at 4:56am — No Comments

Dream Girl

I catch brief glimpses of you late at night when I fall asleep.
In my dreams we pass each other, your hair flying in the wind.
Your eyes shine with excitement and
You boldly laugh at the promise of a new day.
Waiting for you seems like forever.
Yet I must wait, for there can be no other.
Will we ever meet dream girl? Or will we smile and pass each other,
Moving on to other worlds and dreams?


Chuck Connors, October 22, 2009

Added by Chuck Connors on October 26, 2009 at 4:51am — No Comments

Louisiana Book Festival....

The La Book Festival was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the panel I was on (they paired me with a Louisiana author). Wally Lamb and his wife bought my book after his wife attended my panel (teehee), and the book signing went better than I thought it would. The evening before, the author's party was well-attended and the food - well, So Louisiana food -even the worst is better than a lot of the best!



I had a great time and hope to be invited again next year!





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Added by Kathryn Magendie on October 25, 2009 at 8:22am — No Comments

Spooky October


Over at the Blind Pig we've been gathering scary stories during this month of Halloween. Need a good scare- click here.

Added by Tipper on October 22, 2009 at 9:55am — No Comments

Zoom Zoom

A magic carpet of colors

Flying up the highest ridges

Swooping down the mountain sides

Engulfing the valleys in lakes of light



Zoom zoom across the rivers

Way up high in the air

Reflecting the reds, oranges, greens, and gold’s

Splashes of rainbow colors slide down the streams



Autumn is the season of change

Wet and chilly, crisp and clean

Trees shimmer in the afternoon light

A smorgasbord of colors everywhere



Nature… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 20, 2009 at 1:18am — No Comments

Theatrical Play

A blanket of color, a riot of rainbows
Clothes the ridges and peaks of my home
Moving beams of golden sunlight
Light up the mountains
God’s theatrical play in motion

Added by Chuck Connors on October 20, 2009 at 1:15am — No Comments

Leaf-lookers on the Road

Sunlight slanting on the ridge tops
Burning polka-dots of red, orange and gold
A glowering of dark gray clouds

Sharpens the sunset,
highlights the colors,
gladdens the eye

Leaf-lookers like ants along the highways
clogging up traffic, taking pictures of the trees
Why can’t these gawkers appreciate God’s creation

in their own towns,
backyards,
and fields?

Added by Chuck Connors on October 20, 2009 at 1:09am — No Comments

What To Do For A Toothache



Ever have a toothache? In my opinion, a toothache is one of the most aggravating and painful problems to have. Lucky for folks today relief is usually just a phone call away.



Back in the day-things were a little different. Dentists weren't plentiful, it was hard to get into town to see one, and even if you could-you might not have the money needed to pay the bill. As with most ailments-there are tons of old medicinal remedies for… Continue

Added by Tipper on October 13, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Katy Did Folklore



As summer gives way to fall-one of the things I will miss-is the nightly song of Katydids around my house. Earlier this summer while attending a contra dance, I stepped outside to try to escape the heat. A gentleman remarked to me that nights in this part of the US were really loud. Took me a minute to figure out-he was talking about the Katydids.



Each spring I anxiously await the katydid chorus-thinking this will be the year that… Continue

Added by Tipper on October 13, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Gateway to the West

On animal trails, aboriginal footpaths and settler traces;

men, women and children moved across the continent

Struggling through the narrow cracks in the cliffs;

twisting, winding, ever moving upwards into the clouds



Settlers trudging up from the lowlands;

into the gaps they came,

into the gaps and mountain passes,

through the open places in the Great Blue Wall



Animals and men toiling together up from the piedmont,

choking on dust,… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 6, 2009 at 12:03am — No Comments

Fairy Walking

The magic of walking under the gaze of a full moon,

leaves me breathless in its stunning entirety

Walking by your side I can think of nothing else;

the two of us wraith-like, holding hands



Our actions balanced on a knife-edge;

between two worlds—the past and the future

Small animals rustle in the leaves,

inviting us to rustic delights



What magic happens when two people meet each other,

intersecting lives from two different… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 6, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Harvest Moon of October

Squash, beans, corn, tomatoes,

ready for the gatherin’;

summer’s bounty ripe in the fields



Full moon of October

turns night into day

Creator’s gift to help us reap the goodness



Under the light of the big fat moon;

working in the fields, gathering in the crops,

the harvesters seem more ghostly than real



Throwing the hay bales on the wagon,

digging the taters from the ground,

pulling the last ear of corn off the… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 6, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Born And Raised In WNC

There is nothing that compares to being a child of the mountains. I have been forced to leave the mountains from time to time throughout my life and have never enjoyed having done so. I am currently out of the mountains as I type this and am having to endure life here in Oklahoma for awhile. I miss the mountains as a mother would miss a dead child. Driving through the mountains of WNC whipping around the curves and letting off a little steam is one of the most wonderful things in life. I love… Continue

Added by Samuel DeWayne Shelton on October 3, 2009 at 7:15pm — 2 Comments

Her Every Fantasy



TITLE: Her Every Fantasy



SERIES: The Smith Sister's Trilogy



AUTHOR: Stephanie Morris



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



GENRE/THEME: Contemporary Interracial Romance



URL TO THE BUYING PAGE:…

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Added by Author Stephanie Morris on October 3, 2009 at 3:38am — No Comments

Tree Frogs

Tiny tree frog, tiny tree frog,

Though there’s millions like you;

You’re unique and individual,

One of a very few



Chirping tree frogs, chirping tree frogs,

The roar of your voices drowns all;

I see you among the leaves,

Covering the tree bark in the fall



Little tree frogs, little tree frogs,

Going chirp, chirp, on a branch;

Your voices tell me summer’s almost over,

Time to get ready for winter’s chance



Dying tree… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 1, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

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