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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
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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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December 2008 Blog Posts (12)

Dropping Possums



You've heard of watching the Big Ball drop on New Years Eve-have you heard of watching a Possum drop? Clay Logan, a gentleman down the road from me, has become quite famous for hosting his annual Possum Drop.



The Possum Drop is a huge event-each year it draws a larger crowd than the previous year-last year over 500 attended. However, not all folks are pleased with the event.…



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Added by Tipper on December 29, 2008 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Johnny B Goode and Breaking Up Christmas



In the early 1900s, folks living in the mountains of North Carolina lengthened the holiday season by celebrating the 2 weeks following Christmas-they called it Breaking Up Christmas.





Residents in the community would host a series of house parties. Each night the party would be held in a different… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 27, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Christmas In Appalachia 1938



My Great Aunt, Hazel Currie, recently shared a Christmas memory with me-an Appalachian Christmas memory.





The first Christmas I can recall clearly was in 1938. We lived in Cherokee County, NC along the Hiawasse River on the Harshaw Farm, where my Poppa was a sharecropper.



I remember Poppa bringing in a pine tree he'd cut in the woods-he'd even found one with pine cones-already…
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Added by Tipper on December 18, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

A White Pine Christmas



At the center of my childhood Christmas memories stands a White Pine. Granny loves Christmas-the decorating, the cooking, the merry making. Growing up, her excitement made Christmas truly special-even though there was never much money.



I was a teenager before I realized you could buy a Christmas tree specially grown and cut. I figured everyone went out in the woods and cut one like we did. Neither did I realize the White Pine is at the… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 16, 2008 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

Songs Of Christmas



Just in time for Christmas-Paul and Pap's first Christmas CD is available NOW! For the past few weeks you've been listening to a few of the songs on the player-the CD has additional songs (you can see the titles below). All music and vocals are performed by Paul and Pap with the exception of The Little Drummer Boy an instrumental performed by Henry Wilson, Pap's baby brother. Henry has been playing guitar-mostly Chet Atkins style-since he was a… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 11, 2008 at 2:40pm — No Comments

tuesday in b'klyn

with time to kill
while my cat gets his balls
snipped off,
i go up to the botanical gardens.
the roses are in bloom.
i sniff the hybrid teas,
careful
not to annoy
the bees
as they frantically
roll and rub themselves
in sex.

Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

the sistine chapel

as god creates the moon.
michelangelo lets.
the robe slip.
showing us.
the ass of god.
pink and firm.

Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

cab poem #9

6 A.M.

ave a & 1st.

an older dyke.

going to park slope.

says nothing.

smokes her cigarettes.

making me stop.

on atlantic ave.

to buy more.

at the brownstone.

she asks me.

to come in.

i say no.

i’m working, lady.

she says.

i got no money.

need to go inside.

get it from my friend.

i say.

leave me the leather jacket.

comes back.

no money.

comes back at 2.

i say.

too much…
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Added by Vittoria repetto on December 10, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Green Girls

The Green Girls by Nancy Simpson





A young woman with pale lips



sulks under a Mimosa tree



holding knees close to her breast.



She does not wave at me today



as I drive past. I know why



or think I know, having seen



her sister walking on the road,



head down, tears on her face.



Why have they quarreled?



One is not lovelier than the… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 9, 2008 at 11:46am — No Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 2



It's that time again-time to test your Appalachian Vocabulary skills.



1. Back

2. Backset

3. Bad mouth

4. Bait

5. Bawl

6. Bear down

7. Beatinest

8. Bed tick

9. Biddies

10. Biggety





1. Back-To address a letter "Be sure to back the letter before you put it in the box."

2. Backset-A recurred illness "L.C. was getting better, then he… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 5, 2008 at 10:19am — 2 Comments

choice of poetry

Today I choose poetry in translation that will be read 3 times on the 20th and 21 st of December in a house concert in Antwerp. It are all Native American authors: Several from 'Met Rode Inkt', MariJo Moore's 'Woestijnwoorden' and two by Sherman Alexie not yet published. As always labour of love, now coupled to an exhibtion of Tony Mafia's work ( see Tonymafia the painter.blogspot.com ) and there will be a bunch of musicans improvising and playing. I'll have to learn to improvise the reading… Continue

Added by Tumbleweed on December 3, 2008 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Porkchops and Applesauce In The Mountains



Pork was the primary source of meat for folks in Appalachia up until the 1950s-60s. Most every family had 2 or 3 hogs and usually in late November or early December when the weather had turned off cold the hogs were readied for slaughter.





Pap's father, Wade, was known as a "good hog butcher" around our area. He was called to various homes and farms throughout the hog killing season. For… Continue

Added by Tipper on December 3, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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