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A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 21, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm, join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her "Taking the Stage" workshop participants, for an enchanting evening of storytelling in picturesque Black Mountain, NC. You'll enjoy a variety of stories and storytelling styles featuring tellers Jane O Cunningham from Rome, GA; Gabriele Marewski from Black Mountain, NC; Christine Phillips Westfeldt - Fairview,…See More
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Writers Circle around the Table

We are located in Hayesville, NC. In April we begin our new season with outstanding Poet Mike James. Mike will read at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville, GA on Friday evening April 13. On Saturday, April 14, he will teach a class at my studio.Formally SpeakingThis class will focus on different types of traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina, and will also include other verse forms such as erasures, found poems, prose poems, and last poems.Contact Glenda…See More
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Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Chautauqua History Alive at UNC Asheville, OLLI Reuters Center, Manheimer Room

April 15, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Step inside the revolutionary book, Silent Spring as its author Rachel Carson reveals the reckless destruction of our living world. Written more than 55 years ago Silent Spring inspired the Environmental Movement and has never been out of print. And now you have a chance to ask the author, Rachel Carson, how this came to be. But these aren’t just performances. They’re a chance to step into Living History – to ask questions and go one on one with a women whose books shaped our country and our…See More
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Lynn Hamilton-Rutherford replied to Kathryn Stripling Byer's discussion Mary Adams's new chapbook COMMANDMENT
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Mom in Her Writing Nook ...

She was working on the "About the Authors" section of "Echoes Across the Blue Ridge" when I captured this one morning. Though you can't see it, her coffee cup was within gentle reach that morning. Roxie is at her feet.
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Lexie likes to sleep in the sunshine even on cold days.
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In 1945 Indiana prohibited marriage between a white person and anyone with more than one-eighth "Negro blood." Yet Daniel (black) and Anna (white) gave up family, friends, and eventually even country to create a life together. Their 42-year marriage…
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Nancy Werking Poling replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Bent Creek, the 4-part story
"Rob, Thanks for putting this into one document. I've been following the narrative in the Citizen-Times. I find it an added resource for my next writing project. In 1910 my husband's grandfather (1866-1947) showed up in Missouri and said…"
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Lee Ann Brown replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Writer Olive Dargan rises from obscurity
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Focusing on the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, The Bang Bang Brokers tells the story of a hedge fund manager (based on a composite of real life traders) who got rich off of predicting the subprime fallout. His guilt and suicidal impulses lead him to a chance meeting with a Latino Gang, headed by small time weed dealer Ramon (Erik Michael Estrada). In hopes that Ramon will kill him in exchange for the favor, Rolley (played by Donihue) robs a rival Black Gang, earning the pair a ton of…See More
Feb 4

Just in time for Christmas-Paul and Pap's first Christmas CD is available NOW! For the past few weeks you've been listening to a few of the songs on the player-the CD has additional songs (you can see the titles below). All music and vocals are performed by Paul and Pap with the exception of The Little Drummer Boy an instrumental performed by Henry Wilson, Pap's baby brother. Henry has been playing guitar-mostly Chet Atkins style-since he was a kid.

Two of my favorite Christmas songs are on the cd, Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem and Good Christian Men, Rejoice. While The First Noel is a song I sing every Christmas, its never been one of my favorites-until this year. Paul's vocals are truly outstanding-between his voice, the music, and Pap's tenor it gives me chills every time I hear it and brings tears to my eyes.

After becoming enamored with the song-I began to wonder about it's origin. I assumed it was a fairly new song-maybe from the early 1900s-I was wrong.

The First Noel is one of the oldest Christmas songs around-as old as 400 years
There are some folks who think the song originated in France-some think England
Noel-is a loud shout expressing the joy surrounding Christ's birth
It's considered a folk song
The original version-had many grammatical errors-showing that an uneducated person wrote the song (which makes it mean even more to me)
The writer was obviously excited about Christmas-even though during that time Bibles were not accessible to every day folks-and even if they had been-most people couldn't read
For many years after the song was written the clergy frowned on songs such as The First Noel-making it a true song of the people
In 1833 The First Noel was finally published by William Sandys and soon afterward The Church Of England began using the song as a hymn
Amazing how the song survived-just by word of mouth-sung around the fire passed on to each generation. Somehow knowing The First Noel was written by someone with no education and no great aspirations makes the song seem truly from the heart.

To hear 4 of the songs jump over to the Blind Pig & The Acorn If you are interested in purchasing one of Paul and Pap's cds- Songs of Christmas- Here are the details:

cds are $13.00 each which includes shipping and handling or if you'd like more than one-the first cd is $13.00 with each additional cd being $10.00 which still includes shipping and handling. You can pay by check or by Paypal. Email me at for the address or paypal account.

If you are local to our area and would like a cd-email me for a list of locations where they are available!

Hope you enjoyed the history of the song-do you have a favorite Christmas song?


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