Appalachia Overheard




“How do you feel? I want to make sure this is helping your pain.”

“Ma’am, I’d be glad if you could just knock the shadow off it.”


The conversation above took place this week at the VA Hospital in Asheville. Pap suffered another heart attack last Sunday and we’ve been at Oteen-the VA ever since. He was in a bad way on Sunday and 2 other times between then and now. But today he’s had a wonderful pain free day. I wish you all could see him walking around the ICU Unit in his maroon pjs with his Marine shined work boots peeping out of his britches legs. Hopefully we’ll soon be headed home to Brasstown where some changes in Pap’s medicine will improve his current situation. We would certainly appreciate your prayers and good thoughts.


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia


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    Ed Ammons
    January 28, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Would it be out of the way to ask Peggy if her husband’s sister was Rachel Ann Lambert Hornbuckle and if the obituary from Longhouse Funeral Home is her? I don’t want to pry into other people’s personal lives but I grew up amongst people with the same names she mentions.

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    Shirley B
    January 28, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Tipper,you and your family are in our prayers.Hope Pap will soon be feeling better.He seems like such a nice,kind person.Keep us posted.

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    January 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Awww, I had no idea. Sending prayers for sure, and sending on to other Spirit Prayer Warriors so that they’ll join us in praying for him too.
    I also had no idea Pap was a former Marine. So am I, 1969-72. Our Dad was a Marine (WW2), and our nephew is a former Marine (Afganistan) as well.
    Please tell him I said Semper Fi, and that my thoughts and prayers are with him and with all who love him.
    God bless.

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    January 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Holding you and your family in my heart and prayers.

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    January 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    May the Lord bless you and keep you all!

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    January 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    So sorry to hear, you’ll be in our prayers, all of you.. illness effects more than one..

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    January 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    tipper; so sorry to hear about your pap,makes me concerned as i,m just a year younger than he is. god bless k.o.h

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    Pamela Danner
    January 28, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Oh Tipper, I am so sorry to hear that Pap had another heart attack! I am very happy that he is doing well and will be home soon! Sending prayers his way.

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    Ruth B
    January 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Prayers for Pap, and your family as well.

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    January 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Sorry to hear of the setback. Praying for a quick and full recovery. Hope he has some good music to listen to while at the hospital.

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    Peggy Lambert
    January 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    As a heart patient and with a pace maker. I will be praying for your father’s recovery. Much as we like to keeping doing the things we use to do there is a time we have to slow down and be still. I asked my doctor can I use the weed eater and drive the tractor and use my baby plow (it just kicks up the dirt like rooster). He said no because it will get your pace maker out of rythum and there you go and mess up your heart beat. I had to have a stint put in two years ago. So far so good. So “Pap” please be still and rest and all of Tippers Acorns will be praying for you and your family. One of my husbands sisters died yesterday so we need pray also.
    Peggy L.

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    January 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Pap is certainly in our thoughts and prayers, and the rest of the BP Gang as well. Feel better Pap!

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    January 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers

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    Sue Crane
    January 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Sending prayers & healing thoughts.

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    Wanda Devers
    January 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that Pap has suffered another attack. I know how terrifying it is. Heart disease runs in my husband’s family and he had an attack when he was only 49. He had stents done but one kept closing and having to be reopened. It was truly nerve shattering for our whole family. His mom was in her 80’s at the time and made her a pallet to sleep on in the corner in Vanderbilt to stay with us. For months I woke up scared to death if he got up at night to go to the bathroom or seemed to be having any kind of pain. He’s been ok for 15 yrs. now but we all still worry about him–he’s one who works too hard.
    I didn’t mean to write a book–just wanted to let you know I know how hard it is to go through this with your precious daddy. I am praying for a fast recovery and for comfort and peace of mind for you and all the family.

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    January 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Prayers continue for Pap and your entire family. Glad to hear that things are looking better today and I know you’ll all feel better once you’re back home. Please keep us informed.

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    Suzi Phillips
    January 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    My heart turned over when I saw I had an email from Don yesterday- you and Pap have been on my mind the last several days and I had wondered if he was ill. It’s just a weird tick I have sometimes; I hate when these premonitions I get are confirmed! But Ron is right: it’s mighty hard to keep a good man down and I’m happy to hear Pap is healing. I will most certainly be sending good thoughts and prayers for all of you. Y’all have a real treasure in Don- I really appreciate him letting me know what was happening.

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    Richard moore
    January 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    My prayers for Pap’s recovery and quick return home. Also prayers for the family because the hospital stays are stressful on all.

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    Ken Roper
    January 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I called the Radio Station at WKRK and Donna Lynn announced Prayers for your dad (Jerry Wilson) and she mentioned Tipper and Chitter and Chatter. As she went off she played “Careless Soul” by The Wilson Brothers. Hope that was OK…Ken

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    January 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Sending prayers your way.

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    January 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Prayers from our side of the mountain for Pap’s continued recovery. I even put him on the prayer list at church. Reckon a few Catholic prayers added to the mix can’t hurt.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I wish there was some way I could help but about all I can do is pray and worry. The prayers, I have some control over. The sense of dread has a mind of its own. It is the shadow over me!

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    January 28, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Keerful, Pap, with all that walkin’ ’round the hospital, even though it’s good for ye! Git outta that place as soon as ye can for there’s a bunch of sick folks there and we don’t want ye catchin’ sumthin’…
    Seriously: Prayers for a short stay and a quick recoup, and no re-visits…

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    Bob Aufdemberge
    January 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Best wishes and prayers from us as well.

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    Bill Burnett
    January 28, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Pap and all his family. Make him take are of himself!

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    Chuck Howell
    January 28, 2016 at 11:29 am

    From one Marine to another…..Hang in there! Semper Fi!

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    January 28, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Best healing and healthy wishes to your Pap and special thoughts for you and your family as well. Coping with the illness of a loved one makes for anxiety.

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    eva nell mull wike, PhD
    January 28, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Well Tipper, surely many kind regards, best wishes and prays will help you and your family! And your Dad will soon be back in action – maybe even doing a ‘walk-about’ in the gardens!
    Sincerely, Eva Nell

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    January 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Prayers for all of you.

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    Garland Davis
    January 28, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Tipper, Sending positive thoughts your way. Hoping for the best.

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    b. Ruth
    January 28, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I was so sorry to hear that Pap is not well again. Praying that he gets well and back home soon with a change up of his medications. There are times when those old medicines have to be “tweaked” a bit.
    Here’s hoping that all his “heart-a-grams” (as my mountain friend calls them) turn out well and they can release him soon to his loving family of caregivers, for there is no place like home!
    Praying for all of the Blind Pig Family…

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    January 28, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Dear Tipper, I am praying for Pap and for your family. Lord-willing he will be helping or supervising planting the garden come Spring.

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    Kerry in GA
    January 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Sending up prayers for Pap.

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    January 28, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Praying for you and your family!

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    January 28, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Prayers are being sent Pap’s way! I would love to see those boots sticking out of those pajama legs. God bless!

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    Dee Parks
    January 28, 2016 at 9:11 am

    So sorry to hear about Pap. My husband is having major problems with his heart and I have to take him to the Cardiologist this afternoon. I have already prayed for Pap and my husband this morning and will keep Pap on my prayer list. Hopefully, Pap will be getting back to his home soon.

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    Rooney Floyd
    January 28, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Marolyn and I send our prayers and heart-felt best wishes for healing for Pap and well being of the whole family.

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    January 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I love the saying–very apt.
    Sending prayers of healing for Pap, and prayers of comfort for the family. My dad went through 3 heart attacks and subsequent medication for 6 years before he died at age 96. He was a southwest VA country boy, born and bred. Had he not been tough from hard work, the first heart attack probably would have killed him. I think Pap probably has that tough streak too, and it will serve him well. Blessings to all of you.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I’m sorry for your all’s distress. Praying for you and yours, especially Pap.
    As for the shiny boots, “Once a Marine, always a Marine”. They are indeed ‘Semper fi’. But then so is He with whom we have to do . May He keep you all under the shadow of His wings and in the hollow of His hand.

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    January 28, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Tipper, I am so very sorry to hear about Pap, but rejoice that by the grace of God he is being healed. Just the other day I was going through pictures on my camera and was smiling at the picture of Pap I have from a concert you had done in Hayesville.
    Corinthians 12:9
    “My Grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
    God speed

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 28, 2016 at 7:52 am

    So sorry to hear this. I have only heard Take the Edge off.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 28, 2016 at 7:52 am

    So sorry to hear this. I have only heard Take the Edge off.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 28, 2016 at 7:52 am

    So sorry to hear this. I have only heard Take the Edge off.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 28, 2016 at 7:52 am

    So sorry to hear this. I have only heard Take the Edge off.

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    Paulette Tonielli
    January 28, 2016 at 7:49 am

    I didn’t know your dad had another heart attack – I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope he’s well enough to come home soon – thinking of all of you…

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    Charles Fletcher
    January 28, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Hang in there Pap. Old soldiers
    Never give up. Hurry back home.
    Soon be time to plant the garden..
    I’ll keep you in my prayers.

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    Ron Banks
    January 28, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Tipper, I’m very sorry to hear that your father is ill again. My family and I are praying for his healing. It’s hard to keep a good man down so I know he’ll be up and running again soon.
    I have never heard knock the shadow off before but I like it.
    I guess some relief is better than none and that person must’ve been hurting pretty bad.
    Praying for y’all in GA!

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    Jim Casada
    January 28, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Tipper–The image of Jerry in pjs nicely set off by shined bots sho’ nuff tickled my fancy. On a far more serious note, it’s good to hear he had a good day and hopefully they’ll get everything stabilized and he’ll go back to the comforting confines of home.

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    January 28, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Praying for Jerry!

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    Miss Cindy
    January 28, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Pap, has got my thoughts and prayers as do you. I am viewing as home and pain free!

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    Ann Applegarth
    January 28, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Prayers, yes! And what an interesting expression: to knock the shadow off of pain. I’ve heard “take the edge off of it,” but that’s not nearly so wonderful as knocking the shadow off.

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    George Jones
    January 28, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Will certainly be praying for PAP !!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    January 28, 2016 at 7:09 am

    We learned yesterday of Pap’s illness through e-mails from Don Casada and others. And so I started my prayers for Pap! I am grateful that he is improving to this point and will soon feel well enough to go home. As one with “heart problems” myself, I can certainly empathize, and know how much prayer helps the person and the situation. God bless.

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    Steve in tn
    January 28, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Here’s praying and hoping things improve.

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    January 28, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Glad to hear Pap is feeling some better – plenty of good thoughts coming your way!

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