Yearly Archives: 2013

Go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born

Merry Christmas everyone! We want to take a minute and thank all our readers for stopping by and having a look around here at the site throughout this past year. Your comments and appreciation really make the task of writing so much easier. Also, we want to acknowledge all the talented and generous people who’ve […]


Death by Eggnog

This post by Mary Dean Carter, Local Records Archival Assistant for the Library of Virginia, ran on that library’s Out of the Box site today. It is reprinted here with permission.   During the holiday season we are warned to avoid overindulgence.  There are many temptations around this time of year—turkey and stuffing, grandma’s pecan […]


Appalachian aesthetics and why I’ve been thinking about it

The following post ran on the blog of composer, pianist, and educator Nate May. It is reprinted here with permission.   This morning I made a list of a dozen books I need to read before I start having answers. I’m probably going to have to beat myself over the head with these books, and […]


‘Secrets of the Blue Ridge’ about to release 2nd volume in series

James has learned from experience that everyone has a piece of the story and that, like the smallest of clues in a treasure hunt, each of those story pieces has value. Across four decades, he has researched and gathered the stories of the people and communities of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains: stories of good times and difficult times, oft’ told tales of fun and adventure, and stories shared in hushed tones too personal to be repeated.

James is often asked where he finds these stories.

“Oh,” he replies, “living rooms, kitchens, front porches, back porches or leaning against a shelf at the neighborhood store; in hospital rooms, at family reunions, birthday get-togethers, funerals, country auc­tions, apple butter boilin’s, com­munity potlucks, hymn-sings, church homecomings, or some­times just riding together to one of these events. The place has never seemed to matter.

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