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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