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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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The Invention of Nature, an inspiring book--author Andrea Wulf at Malaprop's May 1

Author of key book of our times comes to Asheville

Andrea Wulf makes Malaprop's Bookstore one her stops, Sun., May 1, 5 p.m., in talking about her thrilling work of non-fiction, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World (Knopf, 2016).

Von Humboldt, no longer a household word (though this book may change that), was once the second most famous person in the world in the early 1800s--after Napoleon.  There are more places named after him than any other person, the book states.

Von Humboldt came up with ideas of ecosystems, isotherms, the web of life, and climate change.  He had an amazing memory that enabled him to compare, in his mind, observations made on adventures experienced from the Andes to Siberia.

Wulf inspires, particularly through her loving appreciation of history's eccentric geniuses.  Henry David Thoreau, for instance, drew inspiration from von Humboldt and had one of his life-changing moments when "he stopped using one journal for 'poetry' and another for 'facts.'

There's a sea change coming in our society, and von Humboldt is rising from the dust to lead it.

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Comment by Rob Neufeld on May 2, 2016 at 9:06am

Edwin, some are touched by the Holy Spirit, and find voice to our amazement.  Yet there are many who are not heard, no matter how much we'd like to hear.  How will you amaze?

Comment by Edwin Ammons on May 2, 2016 at 12:26am

Do none consider that a greater power has designed all this and that all these recent discoveries are a tiny part of it? von Humboldt will not rise from the dust until I do and I am still upright so he must wait. Upon that eventful day it will be he, not I, that will be amazed

Thank You!!  

Comment by susannah eanes on April 30, 2016 at 12:11pm

So chuffed about this! Sadly, I won't be there except in spirit. Andrea Wulf is a force of nature, herself. Her amazing work The Brother Gardeners should be made into a feature-length film - the characters live and breathe again between the covers of the book.

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