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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
Sep 11
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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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City Lights Bookstore posted events
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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
Glenda Council Beall posted an event

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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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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