In honor of my blog Plant Whatever Brings You Joy's 10th Blogiversary I've posted a chapter from my book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden. This particular chapter was also excerpted in Fairview's GreenPrints magazine, which was greatly appreciated. Read more here: http://plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com/aim-for-beauty/…See More
McCrumb sees stories behind haunting ghost by Rob NeufeldPHOTO: Sharyn McCrumb and her dog Arthur, 2017. Photo by Laura Palmer, courtesy, Sharyn McCrumb In “The Unquiet Grave,” Sharyn McCrumb once again demonstrates her mastery at turning a folktale into something larger, different, and greater.The legend of the…See More
HISTORIC PHOTO James Vester Miller James Vester Miller had been a boy when his mother, a Rutherfordton slave, had responded to Emancipation by taking her three children to Asheville and getting a job as a cook in a boardinghouse—some say Julia Wolfe’s boardinghouse, Old Kentucky Home. Growing up, Miller hung…See More
Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library. Photo by author. “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
Meet the 4th generation miller of a historic millby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Triptych of Dellinger Mill and Jack Dellinger in his mill, showing the hopper, the 1859 waterwheel, bags of cornmeal, and the National Historic Place plaque. Photos and composition by Henry Neufeld. I had written about…See More
On October 1, Sunday afternoon, 2 PM, at Jackson County Library in the Community Room, NCWN and NCWN-West will honor the late Poet Laureate, Kathryn S. Byer . Everyone is invited to come. We will share her poetry and talk about her achievements and her legacy for writers and poets in NC. If Kay touched your life in some way, come and pay tribute to her. We all miss her and this is a way to share our mourning for losing her and show our appreciation for what she did for us. See More
"On Saturday, September 9, 10:30 a.m., Richard Kraweic will teach a class at Writers Circle. He will teach how to organize a poetry book for publication. I know I need to learn that lesson. How about you?"
A meaningful tour of East Asheville PHOTO CAPTION: View of Beverly Hills suburb, from a painting by Gibson Catlett that had once hung at subdivision offices. Courtesy Special Collection, Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville. I was walking in the Beverly Hills neighborhood the other day and noticed a few…See More
Gail Godwin’s latest crosses a mental boundary by Rob Neufeld Asheville author Gail Godwin, now a Woodstock, NY resident, comes back home here Wed., June 14 to present her new novel, “Grief Cottage” at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. “Grief Cottage” is the story of an orphaned, sensitive, troubled boy, named…See More
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured Poetrio poet at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café on Sunday, August 6, at 3 p.m. Julia will be reading from her new book A Part of Me. Fred Chappell says of A Part of Me: "Duncan's every reader will be reminded of some person, place, or time important to recall in a quiet hour."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.