Appalachia Overheard



“They just use those statistics like they want to. Everything’s got vitamins in it. Why even a flint rock’s got something in it.”


I need to do an entire post about flint rocks and sayings about them in Appalachia.



Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia


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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    September 27, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Sounds like someone’s talking about government figures here. I know they adjust unemployment figures to what I call the “bleeding edge (instead of “leading edge”) of believability” trying to get some us to keep believing things are better than they were 8-10-20 years ago, when we know they’re not.
    But then the majority of us elect ’em, so what’s one to do except hope and pray one day the majority of us wise up and start electing people who will REALLY work “FOR THE PEOPLE” again one day.
    God bless.

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    Sheryl Paul
    September 26, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats to all the winners.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Daddy built the foundation of our second house on Wiggins Creek out of rock found on the property. He didn’t just stack them up; he built a form and embedded the rocks in concrete against it. He used a variety of shapes, kinds and colors of stone; one of which was flint. Some of the flint he used was in layers which when split apart reveled streaks of red running through an otherwise creamy white stone. He called them “bacon rocks” because that is what they looked like. They may not have had vitamins in them but I’m sure they were loaded with cholesterol.

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    Ron Stephens
    September 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I have a dim memory of my Dad having one or more sayings about ‘flint rock’ but do not recall with what connection. But I’m confident it was along the lines of hard – if not impossible – to get something desired out of it or out of what was said to be like it.
    There was no naturally-occurring flint to my knowledge in the sandstone Cumberland Plateau country where I grew up but it occurs as nodules and ‘veins’ in the limestone to the north and west.
    Given the utility of flint in flintlocks and as a flint and steel firestarter; our ancestors may have seen it as an object lesson in finding the silver lining……

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    September 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

    “He come home from work yestiddy lookin’ like he’d been drug through a flint-mill…”

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    Keith Jones
    September 26, 2015 at 11:09 am

    A saying I used to hear around Union County…he’s as stubborn as a flint rock.

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    Chuck Howell
    September 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Thanks Tipper, I must say I have grown “Fond” of you and Chitter & Chatter. If I have a granddaughter ( hope) I’m gonna name her “Chigger.” I don’t remember any “Flint” sayings, but I did hunt for Arrowheads in Robbinsville N. C. at my Grandparents home.

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    September 26, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Congratulations to the winners! I will be anxious to read all about the event. Tipper, you are so good to your readers.

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    September 26, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Congradulations to Suzy and Henry
    on winning the tickets. This is the
    biggest thing we have in Western
    North Carolina. You’ll enjoy all
    the 200 vendors and especially the
    singing at the Festival Barn…Ken

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    b. Ruth
    September 26, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I’m sure that’s the reason “stone” soup is so good, ’cause of all those vitamins…
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Congratulations to the winners!

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