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William Brown (Pete) Gibbs II

On June 7, 2017, the line of mourners from the casket at the alter of the historic First Presbyterian Church ran along the right hand aisle and down the steep steps outside in Marion, NC. Hundreds showed up to show their … Continue reading

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Appalachian Authors at Carson House

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Clear Creek Fire Update with Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all. So sorry those who are northwest of Marion, NC, are suffering unhealthy air quality. The mountains are supposed to be the place to go for fresh air. The fire at Clear Creek, west of Lake Tahoma … Continue reading

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Episode #5: Burning Dysartsville

From my hilltop, I have been looking at hazy mountains to the north for two weeks. Some days, we are unable to see Grandfather Mtn, and never Mt. Mitchell. Where do they go? They are hidden by smoke. It all … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD                 An appropriate article by A.R. Williams appeared in the July 2017 issue of National Geographic regarding the colonization of the South Pacific. “Going farther, to remote Oceania, required a very different voyaging strategy from what was used … Continue reading

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Does ART matter?

Art done by my five-year-old granddaughter definitely matters! I have a proudly framed mountain landscape she painted. I encourage her, but Daddy wants her to be a doctor. Some readers will remember gender-specific high school courses when the consensus of academic … Continue reading

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WORDS Matter

Civilization is a paradox. Too many examples show a dominant group inclined to crush the culture of the defeated. In ancient times, the world lost a brilliant treasure when the Phoenicians lost their country under the rise of Macedon in the mid … Continue reading

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Happy New Year Reading!

Twas the night before Christmas, and what to my wondering eyes should appear: a UPS truck slowly emerging from the fog in our forest to deliver my author copies of a new anthology! Yay! MYSTERY TIMES 2015 includes my short … Continue reading

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T-Day Reflections

During three weeks of November rain, I fought off melancholy and despair by reading three books loaned to me by Mary Glenn of Montford Cove. I found myself reflecting on differences in perspectives. The historical photos and articles about Asheville, NC, distracted me from the … Continue reading

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Chapter 47: Port Holes in the Attic

In 1965, my friends’ Uncle Morris R. Nanney wrote about the Montford Cove Valley. The road on the far right is 221 going north to Marion, NC. The area to the right of 221 near the county line is Union Mills … Continue reading

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