Heritage

I Am From Canning Jars

Tipper I am From

I am from canning jars, bare feet, and Gibson Guitars

I am from steep ridges, dark hollers, and burned bridges

Dogwood winter in Appalachia

          I am from Irises, Peonies, and Day-lilies

       From fresh mown hay, Dogwoods, and red clay

I am from pulpwood cutters, truck drivers,
and homemade butter
I am from full hearts, empty pockets and hard work
I am from Jerry and Louzine who made me
From Wade and Marie who helped raise me
I am from Charles and Gazzie who loved me

I am from helping hands, Do unto others
and always be kind
I am from Goodnight sleep tight
and Things will turn out alright

Little White Church In the Valley

I am from Camping In Canaan’s Land,
The Old Rugged Cross and Just As I Am
I am from Ireland over the sea,
North Carolina and Tennessee
From cornbread and beans, biscuits and gravy

I am from the Marine, the Sweet Mother
and the Two Brothers

Tipper

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29 Comments

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    steve a in florence ky
    March 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I couldn’t do mine justice compared to yours. Great Stuff.

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    Mary
    June 2, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I enjoyed your poem. I have also posted one. Please drop by when you have a moment. We are from some of the same places.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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    Janera
    May 29, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I love your poem! I’m going right over to give it a try.

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    Dina in Jerusalem
    May 29, 2008 at 8:40 am

    What an opener for my first visit here. Very very moving!

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    Farm Chick Paula
    May 28, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Beautiful words, Tipper.
    Sounds like where I’m from too.

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    Leslie
    May 27, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    I may have said this previously. If so, it is worth repeating. There is just something about being raised in the south. Thanks for reminding how blessed I am to have been raised in the south.

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    renaedujour
    May 27, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Tipper,
    I had to give it a shot. It’s no where near as beautiful as yours. 🙂
    I am from chainsaws, work boots and crooked houses.
    I am from the mountains, the trails and the pitch of an evergreen.
    I am from the huckleberries, the sticker bushes and the earth-worm rich soil.
    I am from picket lines, one-horse-towns and Love Boat Saturdays.
    I am from the crazy and the stubborn, from French-Canadian Trappers, orphan farmers and mill workers.
    I am from German men who worked with their hands and Swedish women who worked with their hearts.
    I am from potluck weddings and 23 cousins.
    From clean your plate and watch your Ps and Qs.
    I am from too many churches and not enough faith.
    I’m from logging trucks and beaches, salmon and biscuits and fresh-baked bread.
    From the shot-himself-with-a- gun and the old-maid school teacher, the nurse and the navy man.
    I am from the parents who raised me, the grandparents who molded me and the brothers who delight me.

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    trisha too
    May 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    That was a beautiful poem.
    You always have something wonderful to read, look at, listen to . . .
    🙂
    Whatsoever things . . .

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    Amy
    May 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    What a great post! I will have to think about posting one of my own. . . family memories are hard to return to for me – stuff I am still trying to work out for me and my family.

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    sherry
    May 27, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    thanks for stopping by my blog this morning. I love your poem and the precious pictures. I am anxious to read your previous posts. Have a blessed day!

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    threecollie
    May 27, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Beautiful!

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    Ms.Hillbilly
    May 26, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Love it! Funny how it so well describes two places that are 1,000 miles apart too! :).

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    Joan
    May 26, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Tipper: Love your poem, as I knew I would! And the photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing another piece of you 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    May 26, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Tipper, I’ve been trying to form my feelings into the words that would be a beautiful poem like yours but it just won’t seem to come together. But to honor your words I want to reply. These gentle mountains (WNC) are my soul. I am in them and they are in me. I am the colors I use to frame pictures and I am the clay I sculpt into heads that speak without saying a word. I am the family I always wanted–a son, a daughter and two beautiful granddaughters. I am the one who takes care of stray cats and feeds raccoons and bears. I am home made bread and jam, I am homemade pickles and sauerkraut. I am the old ways and the old values. I am independent. I am loyal and true. I love the earth from which we come and I love myself. I love to read and I love to think. I’m an idea person, ideas are my toys.
    I have friends, I am a friend. I am friends with myself.
    And I love you!

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    renaedujour
    May 26, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Those poems actually made me cry. I’ll try it. I don’t know if I’ll post it, but I’ll try it.

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    gafarmwoman
    May 26, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Hey. I am back to look at your poem again. I think I will try it soon and link it back here, if that is o.k?
    Have a good day.

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    Jennifer in OR
    May 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Beautiful, I love this. I’ll have to follow your link and see if I can write one of my own. Such wonderful images this evokes. Your photos are perfect. I’m from a little bit where you’re from!

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    Jessica
    May 25, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    you are so freekin’ cool. Now go write a poem about that!:-)

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    Paula
    May 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I absolutely love this! Perfect pictures to go along with where you’re from!

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    City Mouse/Country House
    May 25, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    This is awesome! I love your poem! I’m totally going to do one.

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    Mary Anne Drury
    May 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Tipper ! What a great post!! Loved it !!!(I’ll have to give it a try)

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    noble pig
    May 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    That is absolutely adorable. I love it.

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    gafarmwoman
    May 25, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Hey Tipper,
    That was so good. I really enjoy visiting your site. I tried to watch the videos but I have dial-up and it just wouldn’t load. I did see a little of the last one and wished I could watched more.
    Have a good day!

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    cathy
    May 25, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Lovely.
    Have a blessed day~

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    Beckynsc
    May 25, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Great post Tipper!

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    Stephanie
    May 25, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Love this. Especially the pictures!

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    Carolyn
    May 24, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I am from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The pioneer bred grandchild of a Scotsman and a Creek Indian maid, and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.
    I am from strong housewives who made cinnamon rolls and stick to your ribs bean soup. Of men who raised hogs and worked with glass.
    I am from never having much, never going without, and never wanting more.
    I am from seven children who were considered miracles.
    Born from the womb of an angel who suffered from a rheumatic heart.
    Taught to be good people by parents who cared.
    I am from a time of open doors, open windows and open hearts.
    From trust and honor and love of nature.
    I am from a God who cares about who and what I will become. In a country where I can be the free spirit I was always meant to be.
    Tipper,
    Don’t know if that qualifies as a poem type, but it’s who I am. xxoo

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    Carolyn
    May 24, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I am from the Blue Ridge Mountains. The pioneer bred grandchild of a Scotsman and a Creek Indian maid, and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.
    I am from strong housewives who made cinnamon rolls and stick to your ribs bean soup. Of men who raised hogs and worked with glass.
    I am from never having much, never going without, and never wanting more.
    I am from seven children who were considered miracles.
    Born from the womb of an angel who suffered from a rheumatic heart.
    Taught to be good people by parents who cared.
    I am from a time of open doors, open windows and open hearts.
    From trust and honor and love of nature.
    I am from a God who cares about who and what I will become. In a country where I can be the free spirit I was always meant to be.
    Tipper,
    Don’t know if that qualifies as a poem type, but it’s who I am. xxoo

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    susan
    May 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    wow! that is awesome! i am at a loss for words….

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