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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
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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"
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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?"
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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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