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Blind Pig & The Acorn – 2018 In Review

Every January I take a look back at what I’ve written during the course of the previous year. I’m always surprised by 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 click on the colored word link).


My favorite post for the month of January was More about the Blog Move. I still can’t believe I managed to move 10 years of work from Typepad to WordPress all by myself. Oh I tried to get help, but there wasn’t anyone around who did that kind of thing. At one of my low points I tried to hire some fly by night company from Bulgaria that charged a pretty penny, but they never even returned my email. Which as it turns out was a good thing. After the move it took almost half of 2018 to get my photos put back in the earliest posts. When Chatter was in first grade she came home telling me she’d learned a new word that she really liked. The word was perseverance. Perseverance was what it took to move my blog, I didn’t really have the know how but I kept pecking away until I finally completed the move.


I’m still loving the post Epizootic and Palpeetus of the Punk. The nonsense words we use to describe sickness is a prime example of the colorful nature of Appalachian language.



Appalachia Through My Eyes – Paradise is my pick for this month. I cherish the stories Pap told me about his family and the history of Brasstown.


I’m still trying to learn from Lee Buck and quit worrying about all the things I need to do and focus on Enjoying the Pleasures of Life.

cool before his time


Cool Before His Time is my favorite post from the month of May. Yes The Deer Hunter is cool, but even better than that he’s mine.



The post Brasstown Blotter – True Story still makes me smile. I love the vision of Jud running around Brasstown trying to find the nurse to deliver his new son. And then there’s the amazing fact that Brasstown actually had a nurse. Makes my community of Brasstown feel small and big all at the same time.



The Wildness of Summer is my favorite post for this month. Looking out my window at the damp dark cloudy day where everything seems quiet and serene makes me wish I could have a quick peek at the exuberant wildness of July in Appalachia.

the old Martins-Creek-School


Jump Rope Songs will forever remind me of my childhood days at the old Martins Creek School. I hope kids continue to enjoy the camaraderie of jumping rope and singing nonsense songs with their friends forever.

The Pressley Girls and Paul and Tipper



With a name like A Banana Peel, a Lazy Susan, and Some Music how could the post highlighting our performance at the Historic Union County Courthouse not be my favorite for this month. I love the humor Chitter brings to our performances and the fun we all have making music together as a family.



Quietus was my favorite post from October. I love the quacky photo of Chatter I found to go with it and I hope us talking about the word keeps it going for another 100 years or more.



The Way We Talk was a fun post that highlights our rich colorful unique Appalachian language. The work study program at the Folk School provides the girls with a never ending supply of new friends from far away places. A recent new friend spent Christmas with the Blind Pig Family. She admitted she couldn’t really understand a lot of what we said, but liked us anyway 🙂


Granny’s Christmas Eve story of almost becoming a robber is my favorite for the last month of the year.

As I looked back through the posts for 2018 I’m amazed by how often I wrote about rain. With this very rainy year you’d think I’d get a least one big snow, but I haven’t so far. I was also pleased by how many posts I had written about the culture of Appalachia.


*Ruling day 8: Low 48 High 57 Cloudy

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  • Reply
    January 2, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Happy New Year to all and Tipper, I do remember when you made the move for the blog. It is always a good morning to get up and find your blog. Thanks for all the good interesting articles and it is always good to look back and see where you came from and press on with “Perseverance.” I like that word too!!

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    Pamela Danner
    January 2, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Happy new Year to everyone! Loved your post of looking back throughout the year! Sadly it was not a good year for me having lost my Dad last February. This February will be hard as well.

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    January 2, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Tipper, since i’ve join The Blind Pig and the Acorn, i have learned many things and really enjoyed all your effort that you put into it. We as readers thank you so very much. Thank you for your caring and love. I look forward to 2019 to see all you put out there for us. I love your Riddles. God Bless you Tipper in the yr to come.

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    Melissa P. (Misplaced Southerner)
    January 2, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Happy New Year to you and all the Blind Pig followers (now that sounds funny)! This old Earth has successfully completed another orbit and we’ve enjoyed another year of fun/heartwarming/thought-provoking/memory-jogging posts. Thank you, again, Tipper for sharing with us. Onward!

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    Frank Vincent
    January 2, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Wow….was 2018 a blur or what?!?! Thanks for sharing all your insights and am looking forward to an exciting 2019!!

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    January 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Your blog is the first thing I read in the morning, even before checking my e-mail. It’s like visiting with a neighbor.

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    Carolyn & David Anderson
    January 2, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for all the work you do with the Blind Pig & The Acorn. You are such an inspiration to others. Thanks for keeping the mountain traditions going and reminding us of lots of things we have forgotten.
    We appreciate you and your family.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 2, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I don’t have cracks in my mind. I believe chasms is a more appropriate word.

    Deer Hunter sporting a mullet? I’m diggin it dude!

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    Ron Stephens
    January 2, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Good work Tipper, starting with the blog move. It demonstrates the depth of your commitment to your subject and to your readers.

    Your story about the guest who couldn’t understand you all but liked you anyway made me smile. Of course they did. How could they not?

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    Miss Cindy
    January 2, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Tip, one of the things I love about your blog….your always there, every day, dependable and interesting. I don’t have to think about it, I know when I get up and get to the computer, The Blind Pig will be there with something cheery to say. A big THANK YOU! to They Blind Pig and all your efforts.
    As I look forward to the new year I know you will be there every single day!

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    Gayle Larson
    January 2, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I cannot believe another year is gone. The nice thing about a new year is waiting to see what will happen next. Your blog helps us look back at how things were and how we got to this point in our lives. Always good to take a few minutes and reflect.
    Now it is on to the next chapter and the anticipation for 2019. Hope all your readers have a happy and healthy New Year.

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    Michael M. Cass
    January 2, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Thanks for all the color and light your words have given us, and thanks for all the work you’ve done.

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    January 2, 2019 at 5:24 am

    You know there are folks wondering around in this world trying to find their self if that makes any sense, so much time wasted when they could do so much good sharing their talents, I don’t think you have that problem, your writings has help me and others out of some dark days, so that’s one you don’t have to worry about and just enjoy it, and I know you do. Nice job for 2018.

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      Ed Ammons
      January 2, 2019 at 8:20 am

      Most people, when they finally find themselves, won’t believe it’s them and go looking again. Tis a never ending quest!

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