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Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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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

Added by Tipper on September 19, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

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

Time for School



The girls are the 3rd generation of our family to attend their elementary school. It begin with Pap (on the left side he is the first boy in the second row). The old school was built in 1928. When Pap attended in the 40's the school had no electricity-but did have a generator to pump water into the restrooms. There was a hand dug well with a bucket to draw up water as well.



Pap shared some interesting things about his school days with… Continue

Added by Tipper on August 23, 2008 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley





We all go back, in our minds, to different moments of time. Happy times, sorrowful times, bittersweet times-doesn't matter which-at some point they all call us back to them.



Lately my mind has fallen back to the days when Chatter and Chitter were smaller. Back to the days of wearing pantyhose on their head with their friends.



When I was an overwhelmed stay at home mom of 2 rambunctious girls who never for one moment… Continue

Added by Tipper on August 21, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Speak Like An Appalachian II

I just finished reading Our Southern Highlanders written by Horace Kephart in 1913. The book documents the lifestyle of the Southern Appalachian People in the early 1900's. I enjoyed the book and thought it neat that I recognized many of the locations mentioned in the book. Of all the subjects covered, the chapters on dialect were the most fascinating to me.



I'm astounded the dialect documented in the book-continues to come straight out of my mouth 95 years later. I'm curious if the… Continue

Added by Tipper on August 17, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Ode to the Outhouse



I only used an outhouse one time. I was about 4 or 5 years old. Pap and I were at the local country store-Doris Jeans. Pap was taking forever talking to someone-I wanted to go home because I had to go to the bathroom. I kept on and on until Pap sent me to the store's facilities-which was an outhouse. I remember it was creepy-with spiderwebs. I also remember wishing I hadn't pestered Pap about having to go to the bathroom.



To read more… Continue

Added by Tipper on August 15, 2008 at 1:12pm — No Comments

14 Days In Appalachia



When I was growing up, the only pickles Granny ever made were Bread and Butter Pickles. After The Deer Hunter and I were married his mother, Miss Cindy, introduced me to 14 Day Pickles-let's just say in my opinion they put the smack down on Bread and Butter Pickles.



Granny never uses crocks in any of her canning. She cans everything in the jars-including kraut-which she has to leave on the porch because it has been known to… Continue

Added by Tipper on August 13, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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