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Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

June 15, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
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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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

June 13, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
Join Connie Regan-Blake for a family oriented evening of stories at the Hendersonville Library.See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Please join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” Here are the tellers for our April 6th “Slice of Life” performance.  Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Kyra Freeman, Steve Tate, Alberta Hipps and more! The event is hosted by the …See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive,…See More
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Stealth Hazy - 'Gun Clap'

Stealth Hazy - Gun ClapI got 80 rounds with a beam on it riding dirty I'm smoking chronic top off hear that system pound 808 thats subsonicI double down quadruple upstraight droppin with no cutwilt chamberlain on the reboundand you a fan just starstruckI…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
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TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
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The Main Show

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingProgram Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Reader: Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a…See More
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Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
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Ya’ll might of heard about Oscar the ‘death cat’. He’s the furry nursing home

‘therapy’ animal up in Rhode Island that likes to be there at the end. Some folks claim

he’s got special powers that give him the inside dope on a patient’s passing. Shoot, a

doctor even wrote about him in the high brow New England Journal of Medicine.

It all may be true but I sure wouldn’t bet my last dollar on it. Speakin’ of dollars that

reminds me of my daddy’s friend Delmar Judaculla Moses and his dancing cat, Tootles.

Now Delmar was always the fast talker—willing to trade for just about anything.

He usually got the best end of the deal too. Delmar ran a produce and souvenir stand

just outside of Dillsboro on Highway 441. When he wasn’t fleecing tourists at the stand

he was installin’ indoor plumbing for the snooty town folks.

One day after school I went over to Delmar’s house to go huntin’ squirrels with

his two boys Elbert and Willie. Delmar had a big cardboard box up under the porch and

said “you boys ken take a look if yore real quiet like.”

We poked our noses up under the porch and lo and behold the box was full of

kittens! They was all black ‘cept for one—a scruffy lookin’ gray with four white

slippers. Lookin’ closer, the girl-kitten had something we’d never seen before—a blue

eye an’ a gray eye. After a bit Delmar told us to git and to leave the critters alone.

The next year was a dry spring an’ not much rain a ‘tall throughout the summer.

Hershel Greene, who’d been drilling wells for the folks that just couldn’t cotton

to perfectly good spring water was havin’ a hard time findin’ water for some of ‘em.

Delmar heard about it and called up Hershel sayin’ he figured he had just the thing.

Hershel, knowin’ that Delmar had studied up on some geology when he’d gone to

college figured that Delmar might could help him out, said to come on up to the

drill site near Cashiers.

Delmar drove up bright and early the next morning and got out of the beat-up

Ford pick ‘em-up he drove with a cardboard box that had a bunch of holes poked in it.

“What’ch got thare Delmar?” Hershel said with a big grin on his mug just

knowin’ that Delmar was gonna pull some sort of trick.

“Oh just this here cat I trained to find water Hershel,” said Delmar.

“I know you ain’t trying to mess with me with some kinda foolishness Delmar.”

“Naw, it’s the real thang Hershel. I’ve been trainin’ up this cat for the best part of

a year and she always hits it right on.”

“Now this is somethin’ I’ll just half to see,” said Hershel with a look a pure

skepticism that woulda made one of them college types proud.

Delmar reached in the box and pulled out a scruffy gray queen with white feet

and said “Tootles, its time to go to work.” Delmar pulled out one of those cat toys, a fake

mouse on a string, that you could buy in the dog and cat section of the hardware store

downtown and commenced to dangle it above the cat’s nose. Tootles half-heartedly

batted at it a couple of times and gave Delmar a look as if to say, “is this what you

brought me here for?

Delmar said “okay Tootles you always want a treat first, here’s ya one. Now

dance for me and find the water,” as he threw the gray a sardine out of a can he’d opened.

Tootles leaped for the sardine, ate it and suddenly started to jump up and down

like she was on a hot stove. “C’mon now find it girl,” Delmar urged as Hershel looked

on in total disbelief. The cat continued to bounce around on its back paws for about a

minute and suddenly sat down and began to wash its paws. All of a sudden Tootles quit

washing, jumped over to a spot off under a bush and began howlin’ like she was in heat.

“Hershel, that thares whare yore water’s gonna be at—probably purt close to the

surface, the way she was howlin’ and all.”

“Now if that don’t beat all,” said Hershel disbelievingly. “Jus’ how in the name

of all that's holy does that cat now whare the water’s at?”

“That’s were it’s at Hershel and if ya don’t believe me and Tootles well you ken

jus keep hittin’ dry holes” said Delmar as he picked up the cat and got in the truck. “Oh

by the way Hershel that one won’t cost you ‘nothin’—but the next one, well me an’

Tootles charge by the job,” said Delmar as he took off towards Tuckaseigee. It weren’t

but a day or two ‘fore Delmar got a call from Hershel.

“Darned if you weren’t right Delmar. I didn’t drill twenty foot ‘fore we hit a

gusher. I got a ‘nother couple of drill sites up near Highlands if you’d like to brang that

cat.”

Pretty soon word got around that Delmar had a cat that could beat the dowsers

with their sticks just about every time. One afternoon a big fancy Cadillac pulled up

and a flatland city-slicker got out smoking on a big cigar.

“How’re you doin’ today Mr. Moses? My name is John May Pettigrew, pleased

to meet you suh.”

Eye’n the city-slicker up and down, Delmar noticed the Florida plates on the

caddy. “Well I ‘spect I’m doin’ fair to middlin’ Mr. Pettigrew. Kin I get ‘cha some o’

these ripe ‘maters I jus got in?”

“No thank you Mr. Moses, I’ve come to see about buying that amazing Felis

silvestris catus you’ve been using to find water here in these magnificent Smoky

Mountains.

Well I’d be real put out to part with such a valuable cat Mr. Pettigrew,” Delmar

said as he looked the flatlander up and down and knew that he had ‘em in the palm of

his hand.

“Mr. Moses, would $1,000.00 make you more agreeable,” said Pettigrew as he

pulled out a fat wallet?

“I might re-consider let’n you take this here cat off’n my hands for say

$2,000.00,” Delmar said as he scuffed the toe of his beat-up Redwings in the dust.

“Done, Mr. Moses,” Pettigrew said excitedly as he fanned out a sheaf of bills.

Pettigrew tore out of there with Tootles like his pants were on fire. Delmar laughed all

the way to the bank!

‘Course ya’ll know how the story ends. Delmar had trained the cat to dance and

howl when he made a little signal with his hands as folks would be too busy watchin’

Tootles do her bouncin’ and howlin’ act. What happened to Tootles, you say? Well after

the word got out that Tootles was just a good performer Delmar gave her to me. Two or

three kittens in each one of her litters would come to have those strange blue and gray

eyes an’ at least two white paws. They got to be right smart mousers too. Least that’s

what them snooty town folks I sold ‘em to tell me.

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