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Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Big Eye

My life in appalachia - The Big Eye

Do you ever get the big eye? A day or so ago, a lady at work was telling me about the newest Internet rage Pinterest. Its sorta like an online bulletin board where you can ‘stick’ your favorite online things. I told her I already knew about it, that one of my friends told me it would suck up all your time if you let it. The lady said “Well last night I had the big eye so it helped me pass the hours away.”

Its very rare that I get the big eye. Sleep is something I do very well. In The Deer Hunter’s younger days he got the big eye a lot! These days not so much. I’m happy for him and for the rest of us who aren’t always the quietest bunch to live with when you’re trying to sleep.

Ever suffer from the big eye? Have you heard insomnia called the big eye before?


p.s. The eye-is Chatter’s-and the photo is a self portrait. When the girls get ahold of my camera I never know what photos will show up on it. If its Chatter-then its a sure bet there’ll be a few pics of her eyes-she really likes them. I do too.

Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    January 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I love pinterest and so does the Captain. And it gives me something to do when I’ve got the “big eye”.
    I think Miss Chatter has pretty eyes, too. Just like her mama’s!
    I love the fact that you get surprises on you memory card!!!

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    barb Johnson
    January 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Jealous of Chatter’s great lashes!

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    dolores barton
    January 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Another new term for me!

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    January 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I have always considered the ability to sleep under most any circumstances to be a blessing from God. I just can’t turn my mind off at times(no caffine to blame it on). However, I have never heard it called the “big eye”. I can always take a nap after lunch however….or wish I could. Lovely eye picture.

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    Vicki Lane
    January 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Never heard that — it’s very descriptive though!

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    Suzi Phillips
    January 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Oh, my, Tipper-really wish you hadn’t introduced me to Pinterest. I firmly believe it could cause Big Eye!

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    January 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Yep. I was always told that if you stay up too late, you’d get it and it’s true. TV is likely the biggest cause so I stop watching it at least an hour before bed time. I stop looking at all LCD screens too because the backlight has been proven to switch your brain back to daytime mode.
    I’ve found the best cure is to just get up and decide you’re going to stay up and read. You’ll be asleep in no time.

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    Wayne Newton
    January 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    OH, NO! The big eye!

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    January 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I always say “wide eyed” but not bushy tailed…. I suffered from insomnia for years with the pre menopausal years. Now it only happens once in a while.

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    January 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Never heard it called that before although I’ve dealt with insomnia and nocturia for most of my life. I even remember lying in bed unasleep for hours as a young child. It’s the pits, like being buried alive, except no dirt.
    I pray you find sleeping easy, I truly truly do.
    God bless.

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    January 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve never heard the term “big eye” used in connection with sleep. We always used in to mean we had our sights set on something we couldn’t afford or need.

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    Larry Proffitt
    January 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Tipper , Lots of things will give a person a case of the “big eye”.
    In my 42 years as a pharmacist here in far east tennessee I have heard many a request for something for ” the big eye “. Of course the first follow-up question is always ” how much coffee do you dring a day ?” I had one man who drank no less than 12 pepsis a day and wondered if there was something across the counter that would help him go to sleep at night Larry Proffitt

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    Tim Cuthbertson
    January 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I also had never heard it called “the big eye”, but I’ve suffered with insomnia as long as I can remember. Just the night before last, I slept from 11 PM til a little before 1 AM (I heard the clock strike 1), and I was up for the rest of the night. Whew!

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    January 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I never had heard of ‘big eye’ either….do use “wide eyed and bushy tailed” but not for insomnia. It means, for us at least, that you got a good night’s rest and are ready to face the day.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I recognized that eye immediately, but a self portrait…that girl is a trip!
    I don’t recall ever hearing the of big eye. Though it seems to accurately describe the condition. I do have some familiarity with the condition but not so much any more. I sleep pretty good now.

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    B. Ruth
    January 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    My Granny would say, (when I spent the night there)..”No sense in you being “wide eyed and bushy tailed”, now git in those “kevers” and go to sleep!
    Sooo, we always said “wide-eyed” instead of “big eye”…
    I enjoy my time being “wide-eyed” or having the “big eye”….It is so quiet and you can hear all the outdoor sounds…coyotes, owls, wind, raccoons in the bird feeder twittering like birds over seed…and “boogers” and “sasquatch”..well, the last two not so much…..LOL…
    I am usually working on an Art project….by the way the “peeper” (frog) has not shown up but with the warmer night, the “chorus frogs” where in great harmony!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Karen Larsen
    January 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I have never heard of Big Eye, but I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since about 1964. Although I know sleep is important, I personally think it’s a waste of time. I’d rather be doing something else! Now I know what to call it.

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    Lonnie Dockery
    January 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I have heard of the “big eye” all my life, but luckily have never been afflicted with it. I have been blessed with an ability to sleep any where and almost any time. One thing that I think has helped is that I have rarely had time to sleep a full eight hours.
    Nice eye Chatter!!

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    January 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

    OMG, Big eye! the blacksmith and I both had that last night when we went to bed. And you won’t believe it, but our whole conversation was about Pinterest. He said I just don’t get it. You can mark those sites as favorites. I told him, but with pinterest you have a picture without looking through all those pages. I don’t think he will make it there. I am however am already there. Are you coming?

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    January 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I usually get the big eye, but surprisingly I slept through the night last night, woo hoo!
    Chatter does have beautiful eye, those lashes are something:)

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    January 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I have known that term all my life. Thank goodness it is something I’ve not been stricken with often. I love the way Ethylene Dyer Jones looks at it. There has been a few times that I have done what she suggests and it can be very rewarding. You can reflect on things and people in a whole different light. It is also a good time to read your bible.

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    January 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I have never heard it called the “big eye” before, but I have suffered with it for years. I sleep an hour or so then wake up. I do this off and on all night long. I keep my lap top by my bed, and get online sometimes when I can’t get back to sleep. I have tried several different things the doctor has given me over the years. They seem to work awhile and then I am back to being sleepless. I really envy people that can sleep all night!

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    January 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I have never heard of this Tipper, but will use the term here on out…fits.

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    January 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

    i sure wish my eyes were that pretty and I have never heard it called Big Eye but now i will and occasionally i get it about 3 am in the morning, sometimes at midnight, sleep for a while and wake up and stare at the ceiling. i always say it was like someone propped my eyes open with toothpicks, i like Big Eye better

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    January 26, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Tipper, Indeed, I’ve heard of the “Big Eye” all my life–and have had enough instances of it! Last night was one of them, because at 12:56 this moring marked that first anniversary of my dear Grover’s death (Jan. 26, 2011). I kept “living through” that last day and evening–and, indeed, a whole lifetime of 61 years with him! Sometimes “Big Eye” can be your friend, for memories can parade before your eyes (in your mind) and it’s amazing how healing they are–especially when you can remember the good ones as well as the sad ones. My advice: Don’t fight “big eyes.” Let the non-sleeping (when you should be sleeping) be used positively.
    And a topic, maybe, for a future post is “Big Head”. How about that one? We still use it in Appalachia: “She (or he) has the big head over that!”

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    Madge @ The View From Right Here
    January 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Never heard the term ‘big eye,’ but it is something we all suffer from on the odd occasion… like last night!

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    Bill Burnett
    January 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Not only have I heard of the “Big Eye” but suffer from it quiet often. I have found that once you get it the harder you try to get to sleep the bigger your eyes seem to grow. The best cure I’ve found is my recliner and some boring late night TV.

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    kathryn magendie
    January 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Oh, haven’t heard of “big eye!” … but have heard of Pinterest and I have the thingee to do it but just haven’t quite taken that plunge … ungh! I have to write the next book – all this social networking – ungh ungh!
    But I sure do love coming by here . . . one of my all time favorite places!

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    Uncle Al
    January 26, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Can’t say as I ever heard that term, but I can surely say I have it occasionally. Interesting term. I’ll have to check out the site.

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    January 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Interesting that this is the post for today—since it seems I had the “BIG EYE” since 2a.m. on this day??? I never heard insomnia called that before but then Tipper, I have learned many a new word since I’ve joined you last fall. THANKS!!!!

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    January 26, 2012 at 7:37 am

    When I was young I suffered from insomnia once in a while, but never heard it called the big eye before.
    That is a lovely big eye in the photo, both those misses are pretty as a picture!

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    Elizabeth K
    January 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Never heard insomnia referred to as the “big eye” – but I had it last night and a very good thing. My 99 year old neighbor, who lives upstairs, took a fall – I was sitting reading and heard him. We ran up and went in, found him on the floor. Thank goodness he was OK – he’s quite a strong guy. I’m just glad I had the big eye and we got to him right away!
    And… Chatter’s eye is beautiful!

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    Mike McLain
    January 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Never heard the term. I have sleep issues, but have coped well, I think. I am a very early riser (3 to 4 AM), and don’t really want that to change. Love the quiet of that time of day…

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    B f
    January 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

    as usual ..i,ve always heard of the big eye syndrome ,in fact i,ve had it myself and its not a very happy companion to have at night ,
    i so envy anyone that can sleep all night and maybe nap some too , but glad they can
    so happy day for all you big eye people out there , just join the crowd and dont expect too much

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 26, 2012 at 7:17 am

    No I never heard it called that, but I am addicted to Pinterest. I spend so much time looking at what other people do, I haven’t time to do myself. You are right it is a big time suck, but oh what beautiful creative things you will see.

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    lynn legge
    January 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

    lol never heard of it either… but i the same as ed.. suffer from insomnia.. and also pain from rheumatoid arthritis.. so do alot of blog reading… and yes.. your girls eyes are beautiful.. just like moms.. 🙂
    hope all are staying warm.. its cold here in pa.. and we are expecting snow.. ugh
    big ladybug hugs

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    January 26, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I have it but didn’t know what it’s called. Just wish I knew what to do about it.

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    Special Ed
    January 26, 2012 at 6:07 am

    “big eye” is a new one on me. I suffer from the malady but didn’t know the nomenclature. The next time I go to the doctor, I’m gonna say “Doc, can you give me something for the “big eye”

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