“Your mistake was letting him know what was in your mind. My mistake was thinking I had the measure of him.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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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.


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    May 4, 2019 at 9:04 pm


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    Ed Ammons
    May 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Is “in your mind” and “on your mind” the same thing?

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    May 4, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Seems like I remember “the measure of a man” being used.

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    Colleen Holmes
    May 4, 2019 at 8:25 am

    This is a new one for me. The measure of a man. Flows off the tongue. Thanks.

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    Gayle Larson
    May 4, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I hear have heard my Mother say she had the measure of someone. Sometimes that meant bad and other times it was a good thing.

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    Ron Stephens
    May 4, 2019 at 7:14 am

    I have made both of those mistakes, though not – I think – about the same person. I am not secretive by nature and tend to think saying more is better about some subjects, thereby saying too much.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 4, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Sounds like profound wisdom to me, clear and to the point! I haven’t heard measure in quite a while, it’s very descriptive.

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    May 4, 2019 at 6:23 am

    I see rough sailing in the days ahead for ” Him ” especially if them’s females talking.

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