Appalachia Overheard



“I just can’t turn off work like I used too. Seems like I can’t get nothing much done these days.”



Come cook with me!

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    February 16, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    There are days when I accomplish a lot, and days when I feel like I’m going in circles. Then there are days when I feel like my get up and go got up and left!

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    February 16, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I sure know how that is Tipper. You have to stop every now in then to smell the Roses as they say.⚘

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    February 16, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Can Surely relate….. but sometimes , it’ll be one of those got a bit done days , which does feel good . ….but , … along about this time of icy bare branched cold , then to warmer ,then to cold days , I begin to feel like part of the song ”It Might As Well Be Spring” in the movie ”State Fair” where the last verse says… ” I’m as busy as a spider spinning daydreams…I’m as giddy as a baby on a swing,….I haven’t seen a crocus, or a rosebud or a robin on the wing…..But I feel so gay in a melancholy way ,that it might as well be Spring …. That it might as well be spring .”….. my daughter already has Easter flowers blooming, and we heard the frogs…at least the other warmer day they were croaking away……..the birds have been singing bright and early on the warmer mornings ….but this icy blast dawn, I didn’t hear them quite as rambunctious … The frogs may have dug back down in the mud a bit….. But I still have Spring Fever :).. ( Have spent many watching and singing old musicals granddaughter days…) ,like ”Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” one of our favorites still… 🙂

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    Janice Chapman
    February 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I hadn’t heard that phrase before, but I sure do feel it these days!

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    Ron Stephens
    February 16, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Well,, if by “turn off” is meant “turn out” I resemble that. I just can’t do now what I did 30 years ago. Reckon why that is? I used to could work 12 hour days, then 10, then 8 dropping to 6 and now 4 of real work does me in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m blessed to do that and grateful. But I miss the man I was.

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    February 16, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I’m not the only one, then!

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    February 16, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I’m not getting much done these days. With the crazy weather and my health I seem to spend most days in my recliner. I have been able to read a lot more though. Maybe that’s an accomplishment.

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    February 16, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I enjoy those snippets as they make me wonder under what kind of situation they were taken from.

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    Ed Karshner
    February 16, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Well, yes. That has been my mood for about 2 months now! I’m hoping for a turn around, soon.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 16, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Oh, I sure know that feeling!

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