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Gail Godwin full interview for Grief Cottage event

Gail Godwin talks about Grief Cottage            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
Jun 13
Jack J. Prather posted a blog post

First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

A Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byerin Hendersonville Author's Six Notable Women of North CarolinaA biography of the late Kathryn Stripling "Kay" Byer of Cullowhee, the first woman and longest-serving (2005-2009) Poet Laureate in the state, is featured in Six Notable Women of North Carolina by Jack J. Prather of Hendersonville, founder of the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College. The 43-page biography includes poems selected by the poet who passed away on…See More
Jun 9
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Community Building

June 17, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author at the McDowell County 2017 Local Author Festival at the Marion Community Building in downtown Marion on Saturday, June 17 from 10-3. The event is sponsored by the McDowell County Public Library and is free and open to the public.See More
Jun 6
Short-short Stories & Riddles posted a blog post

Mom's has-been groove in ghost-boy novel

Marcus, in Gail Godwin’s new novel, Grief Cottage, recalls his friendship with Wheezer, whom he’d once beaten up at school because Wheezer had exposed Marcus’ shameful secret about his mom.  Now Marcus, age 10, is an orphan.  His dad has always been unknown to him; and his mom has just died in a car accident. Relocated to his aunt’s beach house, Marcus, despite the safety of the place, finds himself in trouble. He’s communicating with a ghost.  He’s having dreams about a non-existent older…See More
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Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness at City Lights Bookstore

July 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Linda Star Wolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 28th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her new book, Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness.  Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner, Nita Gage co-wrote the book with Linda Star Wolf. The authors explore how the art of Soul Whispering can help each of us understand why we experience our lives the way we do and shift from healing our wounds to embracing the process of transformation. This is a powerful new…See More
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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
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Mirra posted an event

Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
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Rosalind Bunn Storytime at City Lights Bookstore

June 24, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Rosalind Bunn will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime. Rosalind teaches at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. She has three grown children and a new grandson. Rosalind has co-authored three children's books with a dear friend, Kathleen Howard. Her newest book, Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou, is illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins and was released in December 2016. Her other titles are Whose Shadow Do I See?, The Monsters…See More
May 13
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I Have a Coin

I Have a Coin I have a coin I deem a treasure.One side bears the sign of extinction,And the other, an instance of nature.But it’s not a coin; it’s a seal,And the meaning of this distinctionIs the unbearable sadness I feelWith experience, or with closure. It seems like a double exposure,But the knowledge of impermanenceBleeds into the ideal likenessOf mortality in its eminence—To yield a vibrant pictureOf a creature’s essential brightnessAs it burns for life without censure. --Rob NeufeldSee More
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
May 10
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post

Hidden Scars - Sam Blackman and Black Mountain College

I don't know if this is true for my fellow writers, but proofing can be the most difficult part of the process.  I received the ARC today for October's Sam Blackman Mystery and will begin the last review for typos or formatting errors that have eluded my editor, my copy editor, and myself.  Amazing that there is always something that the brain "fixes" and we don't see.Hope springs eternal that the October release will be typo-free.  The mystery is set against the historic backdrop of Black…See More
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Appalachian Autumn

FALL LEAVES





Fetching





Ample





Lofty





Lighthearted





Lavish





Extravagant…



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Added by Tipper on October 22, 2008 at 10:38am — No Comments

Fatalism In Appalachia



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.…



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Added by Tipper on October 19, 2008 at 4:15pm — 1 Comment

Blog Action 2008: Poverty

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.…



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Added by Tipper on October 15, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Gomming With Mud



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,





mud… Continue

Added by Tipper on October 14, 2008 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

A Lad And His Boat



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 — No Comments

Afraid In The Moonlight



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 — No Comments

Nellie Moved To Town Today



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 — No Comments

Granny's Pear Preserves



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 — No Comments

Making Hay While The Sun Shines



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 — No Comments

In The Pines



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 — No Comments

Early One Morning



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 — No Comments

Grandmothers

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 — No Comments

Clogging Fun



Cadent





Lace





Orderly





Gaiety



To see more about Clogging go to Blind Pig & The… Continue

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Weary Lonesome Blues

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 — No Comments

TVA In Southern Appalachia

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 — No Comments

LOL In Appalachia

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 — No Comments

The Echo of Mountain Folk

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.



Echoes



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 — 1 Comment

My Grandfather's Clock

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 — No Comments

Spreading the Love for August

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 — No Comments

Tree Climbing In Appalachia

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 — No Comments

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