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Citizen science author in Asheville April 6

Eco author in Asheville April 6 Citizen science can foster earth-saving policies Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in conversation with Mallory McDuff, Warren Wilson…See More
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Appalachian Authors Book Signing and Reading at Historic Carson House

April 8, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author and reader at the Appalachian Authors  Book Signing and Reading to be held at the Historic Carson House on Saturday, April 8 from 10-3. She will debut her new poetry collection A Part of Me. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.See More
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2012 Award Winner for Literature -- Gary Neil Carden

A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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Stories of Asheville's homeless

History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections.  Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
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Writers at Home at Malaprops at Malaprops

March 19, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

March 30, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
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Hester

HESTER      Growing up in Asheville,  N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “       My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
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African-American musicians in Asheville

African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
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Blind Man's Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
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"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
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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!





Next… Continue

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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