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Cherokee and WNC music and dance events

Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Ashevillefrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.  Tickets are $5. The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville.  Tickets for that event are…See More
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Battery Park Hill through the ages

Battery Park through the Years by Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTIONS: 1) Present-day view of Battery Park Apartments from…See More
Nov 6
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Oct 13
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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
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at MACA Authors' Booth

October 14, 2017 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be signing her new books A Part of Me and A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30-1:30. She will be located at the MACA Authors' booth on Main Street.See More
Oct 7
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Sample 8 Great Smokies Writers at Malaprop’s, Oct. 15

Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)read atMalaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,Oct. 15 Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the Prose Master Class and will host the reading. ·        Ellen Carr, who works in the financial industry, will read excerpts from her novel of uneasy relationships, Unmanned. ·        Sarah Carter, an artist and photographer who will publish an excerpt of her novel, Jolene, Joe-Pye,…See More
Oct 6
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Ellington in Asheville--a survey

The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex.            “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
Oct 6
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post

How To Kill Your Reader

Danger is a crucial element in a mystery novel. A killer is on the loose and no one is safe. But sometimes the killer can be the writer, and the victim, the reader.I'm talking about when the author turns into a preacher and the story becomes a sermon. Now I am not against using a mystery novel for social commentary. Writing doesn't happen in a moral vacuum, and, after all, isn't a mystery a morality play? As fellow North Carolina author Margaret Maron said there is no topic that can't be dealt…See More
Oct 5
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Hidden Scars - A Sam Blackman Mystery

Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson investigate a 70-year-old death that unleashes a killer.
Oct 3
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Black Mountain College as Backdrop for Mystery

My new book, HIDDEN SCARS, is released Oct 3rd.  D.G. Martin notes the star of the story is Black Mountain College.  http://chapelboro.com/town-square/columns/one-on-one/one-one-lost-college-still-shinesSee More
Oct 3
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Upcoming book--Sacred Sites for Secular Times

Sacred Sites for Secular Times: 50 Commemorative Experiences in Western North Carolina by Rob Neufeld              Among the many sites dedicated to history, there are some—both overbooked and overlooked—that provide full and moving experiences.  They involve a physical component, connecting to landscape; an imaginative one, entering other times and minds; and an interactive one, maintaining relevance.             The entries in this book help create full experiences through descriptive…See More
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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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November 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Book by UNC Asheville Professor Featured in New York Times

"Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis," a new book by Amy Lanou, UNC Asheville assistant professor of health and wellness, has been getting a lot of attention. In fact, on November 24, it landed in the widely respected Jane Brody health column in the New York Times. The article was one of the most emailed stories in the Times that day. The exposure also helped boost book sales. "Building Bone Vitality" jumped more than 1,000 spaces in… Continue

Added by UNC Asheville on November 30, 2009 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Too much social networking?

Hi readers and writers:



How much is the right amount of social networking?

I have a website www.hikertohiker.com and a blog on that website,

www.hikertohiker.com/thishikinglife

I just signed up for Facebook. I realize that most of you have been on Facebook for

a while.

Now I read about this conference on social networking…

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Added by Danny Bernstein on November 28, 2009 at 6:52pm — 2 Comments

My reception

Chuck,

If it is convenient, please come to my reception at City Lights on Friday, December 4 at 7:00. I have been reading your blog and website and we have a bit in common. The reception is for the "official release" of the DVD of my play,

"Nance Dude," which I have been doing with Elizabeth Westall for the past 12 years. I am hoping that the reception might also serve as an opportunity to discuss Appalachian folklore/history/folk heroes as potential subjects for writing.

Gary… Continue

Added by Gary Carden on November 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Secrets of the Past

Dark fall days, night falls early

Mountains loom black, against an indigo sky

First star of the evening, twinkles brightly in the west

People scurry home, like squirrels scampering to their nests

Early Christmas decorations, light up the avenues

Window shoppers gaze expectantly, at toys in store windows

Strangers pass in the night, mouthing holiday greetings

Houses in the neighborhoods, cozy and warm

Yet something’s not right, not quite… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on November 25, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Naming a novel: One author's process

Over at the Flatiron Writers blog, Heather Newton has posted a lovely piece about how she came to name her novel, "Under the Mercy Trees," which has been accepted for publication. Congratulations, Heather!

Added by Caralyn Davis on November 25, 2009 at 11:36am — No Comments

North Carolina Writers Network

I'm at the North Carolina Writers Network Conference in Wrightsville Beach. Over 172 members from all over North Carolina and beyond are meeting to talk about improving writing and marketing your book. Though the Network is top-heavy with novelists and people writing memoirs, I gave a workshop

on "how to write a how-to" with Malcolm Campbell from Charlotte.

Danny Bernstein…

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Added by Danny Bernstein on November 21, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

North Carolina Writers Network

I'm at the North Carolina Writers Network Conference in Wrightsville Beach. Over 172 members from all over North Carolina and beyond are meeting to talk about improving writing and marketing your book. Though the Network is top-heavy with novelists and people writing memoirs, I gave a workshop on "how to write a how-to" with Malcolm Campbell from Charlotte.

Danny Bernstein…

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Added by Danny Bernstein on November 21, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Pass This Way

Blue, blue farscape,
Wave upon wave of mountains.
What others strode here before me?
Did they marvel at what they saw?

Earth seems so empty,
Trackless forests, fields and hills.
I feel the spirits of the old ones
As they pass this way still.

Chuck Connors, November 21, 2009

Added by Chuck Connors on November 21, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Great Smokies Writing Program Launches Online Publication

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program has launched a new online literary magazine, “The Great Smokies Review.” The magazine offers former and current students of the Great Smokies Writing Program an opportunity to share not only their creative work, but their writing experiences and expertise, as well.



“As the Great Smokies Writing Program approaches ten years of bringing quality writing workshops to the Western North Carolina community, it is only fitting that we offer a… Continue

Added by UNC Asheville on November 20, 2009 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

The Great Smokies Review has launched, and it's worth a visit

Some writers can use language to create images that evoke the gamut of emotions. Some writers can tell a darn good story. But not every writer can do both.



Paula Kane, a long-time student in the Great Smokies Writing Program, is a card-carrying member of that special class of writers whose words can make you shiver with their beauty while still satisfying your desire for plots and character development. Her short story, "The Color of Magic," appears in the premier issue of The Great… Continue

Added by Caralyn Davis on November 18, 2009 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 13



Time for this month's Vocabulary Test:



1.Gall

2.Gander

3.Give out

4.Give in

5.Go devil



1.Gall-nerve. "The gall of her to talk about me after I bent over backwards to help her!"

2.Gander-look, stare. "Take a gander at that set of woods and see if you don't think it'd be a good place to hunt."

3.Give out-tired. "After a long day at work I'm usually give out."

4.Give in-to announce or submit.… Continue

Added by Tipper on November 18, 2009 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 13



Time for this month's Vocabulary Test:



1.Gall

2.Gander

3.Give out

4.Give in

5.Go devil



1.Gall-nerve. "The gall of her to talk about me after I bent over backwards to help her!"

2.Gander-look, stare. "Take a gander at that set of woods and see if you don't think it'd be a good place to hunt."

3.Give out-tired. "After a long day at work I'm usually give out."

4.Give in-to announce or submit.… Continue

Added by Tipper on November 18, 2009 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Gathering Corn



When Pap was a boy, corn was the most important crop folks grew-I guess it still is for many farmers. Corn not only helped people survive through the winter-it was also necessary to ensure the farm animals survived the winter months too.



Here in the Southern Highlands of Appalachia, it was typical for folks to leave their corn in the field until it had been frosted on a few times and was completely dried out before the process of… Continue

Added by Tipper on November 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

North Carolina Writers Network

Every once in a while, even I have to get out of the mountains.



This weekend, I'll be attending the North Carolina Writers Network at Wrightsville Beach, near Wilmington.

I'll be presenting a workshop on How to Write a How To.

Most people who attend are novelists or write memoirs but

the Network recognizes that "how-to" of all types sell.



I encourage folks to join the North Carolina Writers… Continue

Added by Danny Bernstein on November 17, 2009 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Dress Rehearsal

Little girl running on the sidewalk, how far from your mother will you go?

Is running a dress rehearsal for adulthood?

Or is it just a game,

Something only a child would know?



Skipping back and forth on the sidewalk

A little further every time

Seems like so much of my life

Has been wasted on song and wine



And when I vacillated so much

Not sure of what to do

Shying away like a young fool

From a lover’s gentle… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on November 16, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Who You Really Are

Whenever I think of you

It’s always your wonderful eyes

Windows of the soul

Love lights on the world



At times I’ve seen your anger

Flashing eyes, storm clouds and wind

Other times I see the hurt and pain

The past re-played again



Our eyes show our soul-strength

The strength to hold to life itself

A tremendous strength of will

Who of us perseveres, only time will tell?



Through your eyes sometimes I see the joy,

A… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on November 16, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Second Life

Past the midnight hour, way into the small hours of the night

I sit staring into the blackness, pondering what’s wrong and what’s right

Should I have grimaced and told the truth, risking all on trust and empathy

Or told sweet lies with a straight face, getting what I want without frippery



No answers come this late, only questions seem to grow

The pain of living hits me hardest when I’m all alone below

My only chance is to help another—someone facing more pain… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on November 16, 2009 at 11:17am — No Comments

Project



Help requested:

My pictorial history book is to be submitted by e-mail to an on-line book…

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Added by Margaret Shook on November 15, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Smoky Mountain Book Fair

I'm going to be at the Smoky Mountains Book Fair in Sylva on Saturday.

Check out their link

and come on out. It's only 45 minutes from Asheville.

Sylva is a sweet town with several good restaurants.

City Lights, their bookstore, is awesome.



So I hope to see you there - along with many other authors.

But I'll be giving away chocolate.…



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Added by Danny Bernstein on November 10, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Planting By The Signs - Finally A Test That Worked



My fall garden is producing a bumper crop of radishes, greens, and turnips. I made sure to plant my seeds on the appropriate day-dictated by the zodiac signs.



Back in the summer I attempted a sign test and a few folks played along. The test didn't really work out-first, I was unorganized and waited too late in the season to start, second-many of us ran into things we couldn't control-like mother nature and conniving chipmunks. There… Continue

Added by Tipper on November 8, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

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