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"The introduction of my new publication, Guide to Antebellum Flat Rock will be launched on Sept 14 2019 at 1:30 PM at the Henderson County Court House 500 Main Street. A talk and a brief slide show follows with refreshments afterward. …"
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Can women rescue the planet from ecological disaster?Nancy Werking Poling will launch her new novel, WHILE EARTH STILL SPEAKS, set in WNC. She'll tell the stories behind the story: How did Mary (more crone than virgin) get into the narrative? And Mary Surratt, a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth?See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

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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Ed Ammons' and Jim Casada's odes to their specific country

Country connections live on for two fellows

I am glad for Tipper Pressley and Jim Casada, who have their own webpages, and notify me whenever a new "issue" comes out."  They often provide good material for "The Read," which I am happy to share.

Tipper generated an "I am from" collection of poems from her readers, and I was particularly arrested by Ed Ammons' piece, "I am from Wiggins Creek."  First of all, he named a specific place.  Then he said, "The words 'I am from' to me mean I have distanced myself from something. I have not. Memories may have faded but not by choice. All this and much, much, more is still what I am, not where I am from."  That's a lot of feeling derived from a preposition.  His poem is grounded: "...I am from tanbark, dogwood shuttles, wormy chestnut and rich pine knots.  I am from mica mines, rubies, garnets and rose quartz picked up off the ground.  I am from summer Sunday afternoon haircuts with shape note singing. Hoping Wayne brings the boys. Hoping somebody brings a watermelon."  There's much more, and some bite: see here.

Jim Casada, in his monthly newsletter, reminded us what August means in the country: "It was time to start letting our beagles do some rabbit chasing in the cool of night, toughening them up for the coming of cottontail season. The mere thought of hunting also reminded me that squirrel season would open in two months. It was a time when the trout streams, often crowded in late spring and early summer, were pretty much devoid of anglers."  See more.  Well, September's here, and we're waiting.

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