Added by Tipper on October 22, 2008 at 10:38am —
Numerous studies are available about fatalism in Appalachia. A few I've read, indicate the first Scotch Irish settlers of Appalachia brought their fatalistic outlook with them, then passed it on to future generations. Others infer the sometimes dim outlook of Appalachians is directly related to their isolated lives and the difficult circumstances surrounding them. I personally believe, it's a little bit of both.…
Added by Tipper on October 19, 2008 at 4:15pm —
Today is Blog Action Day 2008, the sponsored topic is Poverty. As I thought about poverty, I felt inadequate to write about the subject. I've truly lived a rich life-not in monetary ways-but in all the ways that count.
My mind was drawn back to the stories I've heard from my elders-days with one pair of shoes per year, not much food and sharing beds for warmth against cold nights-hard times that drew mountain families closer together for survival.…
Added by Tipper on October 15, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Since cooler weather has arrived in Appalachia-the girls have been enjoying one of their favorite pastimes-gomming in the mud.
All you need is-water, dirt, willing hands, and an imagination. Just look at some of their creations-
-a flower mud pate with leaf garnish,
Added by Tipper on October 14, 2008 at 11:18am —
Pap's father, Wade, was an old time Baptist Preacher (thats him above with Paul).
Pap heard him tell a story about a lad who made a small boat during one of his sermons.
The lad placed the boat in a rushing stream to see if it would float. As the wind began to blow, the boat was taken from his reach. He frantically tried to rescue… Continue
Added by Tipper on October 12, 2008 at 5:00pm —
When Pap was about 9 years old, he had a favorite hideout. (thats him above in the overalls)
Up the ridge from his house he built a lean-to. He would spend his free time there building fires and sometimes baking potatoes in the coals.
One fall moonlit night, without telling anyone, Pap slipped off after supper, headed to his… Continue
Added by Tipper on October 9, 2008 at 11:32am —
Have you ever seen the countryside
when leaves were turning red
the fields of grass the shades of brown
the trees look like their dead
the chilling winds come closer as
the sun is… Continue
Added by Tipper on October 7, 2008 at 12:11pm —
Summer has supplied a bumper crop of pears in our area. Thankfully-I had access to more than a few.
Granny's Pear Preserves recipe has been handed down through her family. I like it-because it's tasty-and so easy to make.
First peel the pears, Next quarter, slice into slivers-as big or as small as you like
Place in bowl,… Continue
Added by Tipper on October 7, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Over the past week, I've noticed folks working up their second cutting of hay. Getting in that last little bit to feed their stock over the winter.
In my area, if there are three cuttings of hay during the summer, farmers are very pleased. This summer and last summer, folks were lucky if they got two cuttings-many only got one.
Our mountain holler is nestled behind a 2500 acre… Continue
Added by Tipper on October 1, 2008 at 12:13pm —
Over the weekend, I looked out my window and saw the Three Indian Princesses in the back yard. I grabbed my camera and snuck out to see what they were up too.
As I followed them, I realized they were on the move-leaving their summer camp by the creek for their fall camp-high above the house in the tall pines and thick mountain laurel.
As I walked along the steep trail up the… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 28, 2008 at 3:25pm —
Pap and Granny showered my bothers and me with unconditional love and were always there to lend a helping hand-truly the best parents ever. However, I must admit, there were times I thought my parents were so old fashioned that they truly didn't understand the world-like I did.
I recently read a poem about parents and the jist of it was: as a child you idolize your parents, as an adolescent you think your parents are clueless, as an… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 24, 2008 at 3:00pm —
On my website Blind Pig & The Acorn
I collect memories-precious, funny and inspiring of people's grandmothers. I call them Grannyisms.
Growing up I called one grandmother Granny and the other Mamaw. There are so many things I wish I had paid better attention too-so many things I wish I could ask them now.
I'm going to highlight some of… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 19, 2008 at 8:30am —
To see more about Clogging go to Blind Pig & The… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 19, 2008 at 8:30am —
Paul and Pap's repertoire includes many songs written by the The Delmore Brothers. The Brothers are among Pap's all time favorite groups. He enjoys their playing and singing-but as a songwriter himself-he is totally blown away by their song writing skills.
The Delmore Brothers were farm boys from Alabama. Their heyday was in the 1930s and 40s but their songs are still popular today-especially in… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 14, 2008 at 4:30pm —
In the late 1930s and early 1940s TVA started building dams in southern Appalachia to provide electricity to rural citizens and to aid in the war effort of WWII.
The Deer Hunter's Grandmother, Lura, lived in Judson-a town that now lies at the bottom of Fontana Lake. In 1942 TVA begin construction on Fontana Dam-which is the highest concrete dam east of the Rockies. Lura's family and many others had to leave… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 12, 2008 at 11:31am —
Back in the day, Pap and a friend walked to see 2 brothers,who were musicians-in the hopes of hearing some good pickin and grinnin. Soon after arriving, they started asking the brothers to play them a song-but the boys kept putting them off. Even the boys' Mother encouraged them to play a tune-all to no avail. Just as Pap and his friend were about to leave, one of the brothers said "Mommy blow the lamp out and we'll sing one." Seems the brothers were so… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 11, 2008 at 11:00am —
Glenda Barrett is both a native of Appalachia and a phenomenal writer and artist. Today I am honored to share one of her poems with you.
I cannot silence
the talk of war,
a rising drug market
or the cries of the homeless.
Yet, sheltered in the Appalachians,
I can be grateful for simple pleasures:
the surprise of the first… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 7, 2008 at 12:51pm —
Over the past several weeks, the passage of time has been in my thoughts. The speed with which time passes reminds me of those movie scenes where a clock with swirling hands is shown to symbolize either moving forward or backward in the space of time.
One of my latest works of art (shown above) was inspired by my recent thoughts and by the creative works of Trisha, who makes fascinating collages. I titled my piece "Time Waits For No One"… Continue
Added by Tipper on September 7, 2008 at 12:30pm —
To see who won Blind Pig and The Acorn's Spread the Love Giveaway for August-go to Blind Pig & The Acorn.
Added by Tipper on September 1, 2008 at 6:00pm —
I'm afraid of heights. As a kid I was too afraid to climb trees and I still am. Not my girls-they like to shimmy up any tree they see, never wondering how they'll get down.
The Deer Hunter wasn't afraid of climbing either. He loved to visit his grandfather's pig pen when he was little. There was a big old apple tree that grew beside the pen and he liked to climb it to pick the apples. The Deer Hunter would climb… Continue
Added by Tipper on August 30, 2008 at 2:30pm —