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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Little Switzerland Books and Beans

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Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author at Little Switzerland Books and Beans on Friday, August 30, from 3-5. A book signing will follow. Julia will read from her latest books A Neighborhood Changes, A Part of Me, and A Place That Was Home.See More
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Guide to Antebellum Flat Rock

"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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Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

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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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Happy New Year from the Blind Pig & The Acorn

As I look back over 2009 I'm happy with the progress made over on the Blind Pig & The Acorn site-mostly I'm thankful I have great readers who have made 2009 a banner year for the Blind Pig.
Each post I write in an effort to promote, preserve, and celebrate Appalachian culture and heritage is made better by the comments folks leave. Maybe they don't realize it-but each one is part of the effort too.

Here's an example of how:

*say someone googles medicinal remedies
*they click on one of my posts relevant to the subject
*read what I have to say
*then continue reading comments left on the post

Maybe the commenter shared an experience with a specific remedy-maybe they knew something that worked better for the ailment-what ever the reader shared-it helped the person who came looking for information-in many cases it may have been what brought them there in the first place. To me-that process is fantastic-and it's most definitely progress for preserving my culture.

My mind is always at work thinking, planning, and scheming about what I want to write next. Although once I write about a subject, it seems to slip to the back of my mind, pushed into a corner to make room for new ideas. This morning I took a moment to look back over the posts from 2009. A few stood out as my favorites for one reason or another:

1.Have You Got The Blues -one of my all time favorite songs-and everyone gets the blues at some point

2.Quilting Bee Then And Now-great juxtaposition of technology and old timey customs

3.My Carolina Crafting Episode Premiered Today -still can't believe I was chosen to be on this fabulous show

4.Pap And The Big Rock -it's about Pap-what else can I say

5.Economic Downturn Causes Resurgence In Old Time Ways -one good thing about the economic mess-it's brought many folks back to their roots

6.Three Indian Princess Move To New Territory -the joy of childhood

7.Pickled Beans And Corn The Old Time Way -shows it's easier than you think-and my how good they are with cornbread

8.Treasure Hunting In Appalachia Just A Touch Of The Past-I'll never forget the weirdness of this day

9.The Moving Wall Memorial -I'll never forget the emotion of this day

10.Gathering Corn -I learned how to gather corn for people and animals-I also found out a few of you still do it this way

Each reader of the Blind Pig & The Acorn made 2009 a great year for me-and I thank you for it. I'm hoping the readers stick around for 2010. A few things I'm working on for the year: a series of essays written by local students on part of western NC's history, a month long spotlight on music-which ends with a free guitar for someone out there (I've already interviewed David Grier for it-that was for sure a highlight of 2009), coming up soon-a series of posts about hog killing, and we can't end our journey of corn without making a pan or 2 of cornbread.

Happy New Year!


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