Eco author in Asheville April 6 Citizen science can foster earth-saving policies Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in conversation with Mallory McDuff, Warren Wilson…See More
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author and reader at the Appalachian Authors Book Signing and Reading to be held at the Historic Carson House on Saturday, April 8 from 10-3. She will debut her new poetry collection A Part of Me. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.See More
History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections. Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
HESTER Growing up in Asheville, N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “ My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
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.