Every January I take a look back at what I’ve written during the course of the year. The task helps put things in perspective for me. I’m always surprised at the various subjects I wrote about, many of which have completely fallen through the cracks of my mind by year end.
I’ve listed my favorite posts for each of the last 12 months below (if you want to revisit any of the posts-just click on the colored word link).
My favorite post for the first month of 2017 is Bad to… I love it that folks are still using some of the same descriptive terms, words, and phrases that they did when Pap was a boy.
I couldn’t just pick one favorite for February, I had to pick two. The first was Little Debbies and The Pressley Girls. I’m still laughing over the Jolene spoof about Little Debbies the girls came up with. I sent it to Little Debbie by several different methods, but never heard a word back from them. Maybe they didn’t think it was funny!
My second favorite post for the month wasn’t even written by me: The Angel of Brasstown by Jim Casada. I still can’t believe there was a feature story about me in a magazine. Just wow!
My favorite post for the third month of 2017 was Appalachia Through My Eyes – The Maker Faire. I’m still excited about knowing there’s a school right here in my very own county of Appalachia teaching children and community the importance of being a maker…a maker of any and all things!
My favorite post for April was The Day Pap Died. It’s without a doubt the hardest post I’ve ever written, but I’m so glad I documented my feelings and memories about the day he died. Lots of sorrow in the words, but lots of hope and joy too.
For the fifth month I chose Grateful in Appalachia as my favorite post. I’m a firm believer that being grateful for the smallest pleasures and blessings makes life ever so much richer.
The Rosebud Orchid in my Backyard – WOW! is my favorite post for the month of June. I still can’t believe I found the rare flower growing in my woods when I’ve never seen it growing in this area before.
For the month of July my favorite post is How Bad a Liar is He? I love the colorful language of Appalachia and the liar sayings within the post highlight the common Appalachian technique of saying the exact same thing in a variety of ways. The photo is among my favorites for the entire year, it captures the real camaraderie of the four Appalachian men.
How could The Solar Eclipse not be my favorite post for the month of August? Seeing the eclipse was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced and doing it with my three favorites made it even better.
Finding A Place To Quit In Junaluska – Cherokee County NC is my favorite post for September. Alvin passed away a few days back. He fell and broke his hip a month or so ago and never quite recovered from the surgery. I’ll never forget the twinkle in his eyes as he told me about growing up in the Junaluska portion of Cherokee County and I’ll think of how handsome he was in his overalls when I plant his Yonce beans in the garden every year.
For the month of October my favorite post is Way Up In The Middle Of The Night. The post offers a perfect example of the descriptive word usage found in Appalachia.
Another language post is my favorite for the eleventh month of 2017 Don’t be so ill! A phrase that I hear at least once a week in some form or fashion.
December’s favorite post was Spreading Christmas Cheer. I’m still studying on Granny and her sister spreading Christmas cheer to their family with holly and empty nails when they were just girls.
2017 was a great year for the Blind Pig & The Acorn.
I’m very thankful for each person who reads the Blind Pig & The Acorn-for without you there’d be no reason to write.