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
"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. …"
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
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
Hey - thank you so much for your kind comment! I do love photography and plan to post a lot more of my stock photos. I glanced at your blog and plan to give it a longer look when I can. I too love our mountain culture - and one of the things is bluegrass music. I also write about the area - I'm primarily a writer, not a photog, with journalism degrees from a couple of colleges. If you get a chance, read "The First of December" in U Chicago's lit mag. It's a hitch-hiking story from the 60s, set in Pisgah and on I-40. Also, my novel, THE MONEY TREE, is a chase set on Green River. You can read the first four chapters for free from my Kindle page at Amazon. You don't need a Kindle e-reader - just download the app for your omputer right from the page. I'd love to hear what you think about it.
*** I'm pleased you liked the Nantahala: Land of the Noonday Sun video made in, I think, 1999 . . . Lance Holland and I didn't know what we were doing but we went at it like demented savages . . . fortunately our videographer, Ron Rhuel, now deceased, did know what he was doing . . . we're not ashamed of it
Hi Tipper. I was just enjoying your page here and can't figure out the picture of slices of squash on the kitchen counter with a string going across them. What is that? Do you string them up to dry them or something?
Me too - I want to wear my flip flops and capri pants (won't catch me in shorts - ugh! laughing...) -and t-shirts...and I want to sit on the porch with my laptop and write --can't write in the cold ...brrrr
Tipper, I'm afraid I have trouble finding my way around The Read. I don't have the time to spend trying to learn all I should know to use it properly. One day I'll spend a few hours and see if I can figure it out.
Love all your posts. They are delightful.
Tipper, I am so glad to meet up with you. I have a feeling I am generations older than you, but I wonder if you remember some things and people that I will never forget. Did you know old Dr. Geisler, who doctored for the Tennessee Copper Co. -- and everybody else in Copper Hill and many miles around? He made house calls and charged about a dollar -- if at all. He is the model for all I wish modern medicine could be -- kind, wise and caring.
Anyway -- my daddy worked for the TVA on the Ocoee and Holston dams, and at Fontana. They moved him all over, and we lived in some peculiar places for sure -- but when we got to Hot House, that was heaven. It is home, in my best dreams, though we were there less than a year. I remember just about every minute of every day. It is where I learned who I was -- and am. We had moved and lived among all sorts of people. But I was like the ugly duckling -- and when I got to that place, I knew my people, and they were the best.
I haven't read water for Elephants, but I have read The Lovely Bones and another Sebold novel, The Almost Moon. I liked them both, but they are certainly different! Did you know that The Lovely Bones is supposed to be a film before long, but they are having trouble filming it. Yes, I have read Our Southern Highlanders and although there is much to like in Kephart's book, there is also much that I don't agree with. Take, for example, his attitude toward women. I also think that much of his "colorful descriptions of mountain people" contributed to the stereotypes of mountaineers, (moonshine, poke hats and shotguns). Incidentally, I have a play about Kephart called "Outlander."
Yeah, I guess I am kinda desperately looking for someone to talk to. For several years now, I have had the feeling that no one reads any more except for a handful of misfits. I'm looking for those misfits.