Blind Pig & The Acorn – 2019 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).


Miss Cindy’s Aunt (I think!)


My favorite post from the first month of 2019 is Appalachians are a Remembering People. The quote from Dykeman gives a real insight into the tradition of passing stories down to the next generation in Appalachia.




Favorite Appalachian Sayings is my favorite post for the second month. The list of sayings brings a smile to my lips and makes me realize once again how wonderful our colorful rich Appalachian Language is.




My favorite post for the month of March is Granny’s story of Foundered on Peas and New Taters. Granny’s brother James, who consoled her when she thought she was dying from eating too many peas and taters, left this earth just before Thanksgiving. He will always be sorely missed.

appalachian words


Appalachia Through My Eyes – Murphy and a Sense of Place is my favorite post for April. My sense of place is so strong that I think I might shrivel up and die if I was forced to leave my homeland.

I feel like I have to give another post from the month at least an honorable mention. I’m still beyond pleased that the state of Tennessee officially recognized the Appalachian Language.

man inside a dome


When I looked back through the posts for the fifth month of 2019 I was pleased and surprised by what I wrote. Reading one of them even made me cry. Words are powerful, even when you write them yourself. No way I could narrow it down to one, so here’s my three favorite posts from May.

Forgotten Treasures

Cherokee County Courthouse Cupola

Whither the Wind Bloweth


I’m still honored the NC Arts Council asked me to write about our family’s legacy of music for their Come Hear North Carolina campaign. Our Legacy of Traditional Music in Western North Carolina is my favorite post for June.

two girls laughing in a field of grass


Oatmeal Fairy visits The Pressley Girls is my favorite post for July. The short video I shared highlights the girls’ humor, talent, and camaraderie.

plate with ladle and other canning tools


My Favorite Ladle is my choice for the eighth month of 2019. I’m still in love with the ladle.

Pledge Card


Brasstown Community Helps the Folk School Begin tops the list for September. I’ll never grow tired of thinking about Brasstownians donating their time, labor, wood, flowers, and more to help start the Folk School.

vintage photo of man and boy

Steve and Pap


During the month of October I did an entire week of posts on the song “Just a Touch of the Past.” While I enjoyed all of them, the standout was Songs that Make the Heart Beat with Joy.

The Streamline Cannon Ball


Freight Train Boogie was my choice for November. I’m still loving the video Paul, Ben, and Chitter made 🙂

house in the darkness of night


From the picture of our cozy house to the things on the list December Feels is my favorite for the last month of 2019.


As I looked back through posts I wrote during 2019, as well as the guest posts I shared, I was beyond pleased with the way we celebrated and portrayed Appalachia.


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  • Reply
    January 4, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance.
    Thank you for taking time away from your family to bring us such important Appalachian memories, and thank you for sharing your wonderful family with us.
    A simple thank you seems like so little.
    If only you knew the joy, love and happiness you bring to so many people each day.
    Tipper, Happy New Year and know you are very much appreciated.

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    January 4, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Your articles are daily soul-soothers. Thank you.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 3, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    “the cracks of My mind” have become chasms. I don’t seem to lose single events only but whole days, weeks and years!

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    January 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    I always enjoy your posts so much, Tipper, I couldn’t begin to pick monthly favorites! I’m going to go back and click some links now. Just the other day I was remembering the pictures the Deer Hunter took on that post about the cupola!

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    January 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Well, as we’d say around here ” theyz all goodens”.

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    aw griff
    January 3, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I don’t know how you come up with so many subjects. So many of your blogs help me remember the way things used to be.
    Now that the holidays are over I hope you get some rest. My wife said she needed rest.
    Thanks for your work and I hope someday you can write a book.

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    betty stephenson
    January 3, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    thanks for all the work you do to provide us with our read over a cupper hope you and yours have a great new decade

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    January 3, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Thank you Tipper for all you do.

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    January 3, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Thank you for preserving the Appalachian life and bringing joy into my morning.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 3, 2020 at 9:27 am

    I wish someone who knew what was involved would approach you about doing a book. I suspect it would be a big undertaking to clear the decks of copyright concerns and integrate graphics. Or maybe the hardest decisions would be about what to leave out! Still, to someone who knew, it might not be as difficult as I think. You would be continuing the legacy of Mr. Parris and of Foxfire. I would sure like to have a signed copy of such a work, especially with your own pictures. I still remember the picture of your jelly jars in the window with the sun shining through them and the one of the weathered gate posts and the lonely grass field and the mountains beyond. You certainly have a lot of material that could easily lead in many different directions, each one of which could make a chapter if not a book of their own.

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      January 3, 2020 at 10:46 am

      I like your idea. I think the posts could be compiled by year, and maybe it would take a few volumes.

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    January 3, 2020 at 9:26 am

    All I can say is: AMEN!

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    Gayle Larson
    January 3, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for reminding us of our roots. How fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 3, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Oh my goodness, they are all so good I’d never be able to pick a favorite and a big YES, you have represented Appalachia well and honorably!
    The January picture is my Aunt Reva Boydston Wright, my mother’s baby sister.
    It was a good year!

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    Dan O’Connor
    January 3, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Thank you and the best to you and your family in the coming year.

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