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Interview with Gail Godwin about Grief Cottage

Started by Rob Neufeld in AC-T Book Reviews Aug 3, 2017.

Ellington in Asheville--a survey

Started by Rob Neufeld in Local History Oct 6, 2017.

Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

Started by Rob Neufeld in Local History Aug 25, 2017.

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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
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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
Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

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
Nov 6
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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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Nancy Sutton replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Metamorphoses
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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
Oct 2
Joan Henehan replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
"Fantastic, that will be very helpful."
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
Sep 22
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"
Sep 22
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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A riddle

Tying shoelaces,

Lifting a mug by its handle,

Lifting something that requires all fingers,

Pressing down hard while writing,

Shaking hands:

Things hindered by a bruised forefinger.

 

I would have had more things to record, but unfortunately my finger healed too quickly.

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Becky Stone Presents Maya Angelou

Chautauqua Alive! Becky Stone Presents Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30pm

Pack Memorial Library

67 Haywood Street

250-4700

The Buncombe Chautauqua Committee and Pack Memorial Library will present a pre-Chautauqua special event in Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library at 6:30 Pm on May 24.  Renowned storyteller Becky Stone will present “Becoming Maya Angelou.”   Ms. Stone will be appearing as Maya Angelou in the opening…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on April 19, 2017 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Prize-winning YA author Sedgwick at Literacy fundraiser

Fundraiser for Literacy Council & Book Launch Marcus Sedgwick

 

Tuesday April 25th 5:30-7:30 p.m., Twisted Laurel, downtown Asheville, 130 College Street

 

COST: $45 per person (ticket includes hardcover book, food, and non-alcoholic beverage) All proceeds go to Literacy Council

 

from press release

 

Marcus Sedgwick, author…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on April 17, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Toby Hill on March 11, 2017 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Blind Man's Bluff

Blind Mans 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…

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Added by Tipper on March 9, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Gunter Cabin

The Gunter Cabin Fontana NC

The Gunter Cabin - Fontana Village NC

Welch Cove Pioneers:

The Gunter Family

Jessie Gunter was born in the Stecoah Valley to Hiram and Bettie Gunter. He and seven siblings grew up helping work their small farm. When Nancy Catherine Richardson arrived from South Carolina to teach at the Stecoah School, she and Jessie became smitten…

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The Gunter Cabin

The Gunter Cabin Fontana NC

The Gunter Cabin - Fontana Village NC

Welch Cove Pioneers:

The Gunter Family

Jessie Gunter was born in the Stecoah Valley to Hiram and Bettie Gunter. He and seven siblings grew up helping work their small farm. When Nancy Catherine Richardson arrived from South Carolina to teach at the Stecoah School, she and Jessie became smitten…

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Added by Tipper on March 5, 2017 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Nina Simone's home re-rescued

Historic rescue

New York artists have stepped in to rescue the Tryon childhood home of Eunice Waymond, who gained fame as the singer, pianist and civil rights icon, Nine Simone.

The report is in the March 2, 2017 New York Times.

The article is good, but it did say the home had been little known.  However, a 2005…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on March 2, 2017 at 6:54pm — No Comments

When You Get in the Habit of Saying the Same Thing

Habitual sayings you know - like - so - anyway

Have you ever been around someone who used the same word or words in every sentence? Years ago, I was introduced to a man who at the end of every sentence said and what not. I remember being obsessed with listening to him. I wanted to see if just once he wouldn't say and what not. It never happened. He said the phrase at the end of every…

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Added by Tipper on February 23, 2017 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Inspiration From Days Gone By

Papaw Wade Earl Wilson

Papaw Wade and his dogs

Since I first started writing here on the Blind Pig one truth has proved itself over and over: you never know where questions will take you.

As will often happen, I already had the thought of wood meandering around my brain when …

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Added by Tipper on February 19, 2017 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Inspiration From Days Gone By

Papaw Wade Earl Wilson

Papaw Wade and his dogs

Since I first started writing here on the Blind Pig one truth has proved itself over and over: you never know where questions will take you.

As will often happen, I already had the thought of wood meandering around my brain when …

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Added by Tipper on February 16, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Novelist Caldwell and poet Nelson at Malaprop's Feb 19

Wayne Caldwell and Eric Nelson at “Writers at Home,” Feb. 19

(from press release)

Wayne Caldwell and Eric Nelson read at the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 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.

Caldwell, an Asheville native, is the author of two…

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Novelist Caldwell and poet Nelson at Malaprop's Feb 19

Wayne Caldwell and Eric Nelson at “Writers at Home,” Feb. 19

(from press release)

Wayne Caldwell and Eric Nelson read at the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 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.

Caldwell, an Asheville native, is the author of two…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Memories and Food

Memories connected to food

Each of us have memories that are connected to food. Typically those remembrances are directly related to our childhood, you know the things we ate around the family table like the chocolate gravy I told you…

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Added by Tipper on February 11, 2017 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Jewish Studies special events March 23-26

Center for Jewish Studies 35th Anniversary Events

 

from press release

UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a series of special events on and off campus March 23-26. 

Rick Chess talk and reading

UNC Asheville Professor of English Richard Chess has been director of the CJS for the past 25 years and will deliver the 2017…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 7, 2017 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Black History Month 2017 at UNC Asheville

Gospel music, a lecture, an exhibition, a discussion for Black History Month 

Feb. 1-26 – An Expose of Fashion, photography exhibition by Micah MacKenzie – This exhibit opens Black History Month with fashion photos featuring models from Asheville, seeking to capture the lingering legacy of the persons of color who have contributed to the architecture, rhythm and tone of the city. Viewing hours weekdays from 8…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 4, 2017 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Doris Betts short story prize, Feb 15 deadline

Doris Betts Fiction Prize



Submit an unpublished story of fewer than 6,000 words by February 15.



The final judge is the fiction editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, Liza Wieland, who will award one winner $250 and publication in NCLR. Finalists will also be considered for publication.



Submit here: …

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 4, 2017 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Hiccup Cures

Hiccup cures from appalachia and beyond

Do you ever get the hiccups? Every once in a while I do. If I have them once during a day-I always have them again before the day is over. My record is 5 different times in one day.

We've all heard drinking water or holding your breath is the remedy to stop hiccups. According to John Parris saying this tongue twister will cure…

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Added by Tipper on February 4, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How About Some Chocolate Gravy?

A few weeks ago Granny called me one Saturday morning to tell me she had sausage, eggs, biscuits, and chocolate gravy ready if I wanted to come down and eat. It tickled her to death when I told her she was calling me too late - I had already made and eaten my own ham, eggs, biscuits, and chocolate gravy. 

I grew up eating chocolate gravy on Granny's biscuits.…

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Added by Tipper on January 30, 2017 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Writer's Workshop Winter 2017 workshops

WINTER WRITING WORKSHOPS

From press release

 

             The Writers’ Workshop is offering contests and classes for beginning or experienced writers. Classes meet at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. For more info, contact writersw@gmail.com  or 828-254-8111. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers.

 

Feb. 4: Creating Fictional Characters, Dialogue &…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 24, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

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