Appalachia Overheard


Eaves dropping 2021

“I need you to do something for me.”

Okay wait just a minute I’m reading Tipper and then I’ll help you.

“Who is Tipper!?”

She’s my friend! Now go away from my desk and I’ll help you when I’m done!

Last weekend we played at Western Carolina University’s Annual Heritage Day. We had a great time and got to talk to some wonderful people. I was thrilled to meet Charles Fletcher’s son. Long time Blind Pig readers will remember Charles well, but you can click on his name to learn more about him.

The Queen Family of Jackson County is famous for their musical heritage. I think they’ve performed at almost every Mountain Heritage Day.

The girls and I were looking for the food provided for performers and ran into Jeanette Queen and her daughter. She shared the little conversation above with me. She said it happened one morning last week where she works.

It was a beautiful day the weather was just perfect and The Queen Family’s performance was outstanding as always.

Last night’s video: Mountain Path 7.


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  • Reply
    Mary Lou McKillip
    October 2, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Tipper we are so proud of you and your talented family(hats off to those twin girls) it takes a mountain Gal like you to keep us informed about mountain lives. Thanks

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    Ed Ammons
    October 2, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Did you know that Mary Jane was a Prince that married a Queen? Sounds like some kind of a weird modern day marriage, don’t it? She was Mary Jane Prince and married Claude Henry Queen.
    I too “shall not be interrupted” while I read my Tipper. Not that there’s anybody around to interrupt anymore. And to top it off, Tipper is the ONLY blog I read. I do watch other Youtubers but if a notification pops up that Tipper has posted a new video then whatever I am doing at the time will just have to wait.

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      October 2, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      Ed-I did not know that! How neat that she was a Prince 🙂 I appreciate your support!!

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    October 2, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    I really enjoy reading BP& A and havebeen a reader for quite awhile. I like the NC mountains, even though I live in eastern NC in Wallace, in Diplin County.
    People in NC Appalachia seem not to be as poor as the people in the mountains of Kentucky. Any idea why that is?

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      October 5, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      Jan-so glad you enjoy reading my blog!! I don’t have an answer to your question, although I’ve thought about it often over the years. Having never spent much time in Kentucky I can’t say for sure how the people there live nor what their economic status is. I do know the area of southern Appalachia that I live in has a long history of tourist trade and I believe that has resulted in more employment opportunities.

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    October 2, 2021 at 10:20 am

    I am enjoying your reading of Mountain Path. Although my Daddy always told me not to bother the old black snake that lived out in his barn and I had noticed it coiled up around a fence rail near the pond, had it come as close to me as yours did “Lord have mercy” you would have heard me screaming.

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    October 2, 2021 at 10:20 am

    It’s funny how reading or watching people on their blogs, Instagram or YouTube channels one thinks of them as friends, but yet some have never met the people in person. The ones that have actually had the opportunity to meet folks that have so openly shared their talents and lives with us all on these social medias can actually say they are their friends. I know I personally have not met any of the people I follow on their blogs, Instagram or YouTube, I sometimes refer you all as my YouTube or Instagram friends. I was telling my husband the other night about Alex and his wife Melissa having issues getting building permits and how we can relate with their struggles of why it’s taking so long getting a permit like we are, even though they live in Canada. He was like how do you know people in Canada. Well, I don’t know them personally, but they share their life on YouTube so I feel like I do. Last night while listening to Tipper read from the Mountain Path, he was starting to talk to me and I told him later, Tipper is in the middle of telling us about the teacher, oh no, I can’t believe Tipper didn’t scream seeing that black snake. He’s like oh, your watching YouTube again…lol…he’s starting to learn about y’all even though he doesn’t watch regular YouTube channels. I prefer real life, honest people than most that fake garbage on TV channels. I haven’t had the privilege of meeting Tipper or her family, but I know y’all would be just as wonderful, kind and friendly in person. Besides, since we are believers and followers of Jesus and share that same faith in God, we know if we don’t meet on this earth, one day we will in heaven. I imagine all the Pressley family will be part of the heavenly choir, so I imagine y’all will be easy to find. Thank y’all for sharing your God given talents and lives with us all.

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      October 2, 2021 at 10:48 am

      Christine-thank you for the kind words I really appreciate them 🙂 And I’m so glad you feel like we’re friends. I feel the same way about folks I watch or follow online and I especially feel like Blind Pig readers are my close friends 🙂

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    October 2, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Good morning Tipper! I must tell you how much I am enjoying your reading of The Mountain Path! I had a knee replacement & must ride an exercise bike so I plug in my Kindle & listen to you read! I cannot wait for each chapter. My favorite book is Christy, by Catherine Marshall & The book you are reading to us , reminds me of it. Thank you for sharing your lives with us…y’all ‘s singing, recipes, mountain beauty & love. What a blessing!

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    Ron Stephens
    October 2, 2021 at 8:33 am

    You’re just famous Tipper. you are making connections all over the country and even the world.

    We usually check your post first thing in the morning. Your email is earliest of anybody. It helps to read your’s first because the rest are not as good, at least not in my inbox.

    Hope all the BP&A home folks and all the virtual friends have a blessed day.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 2, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Yes indeed, I’m reading Tipper too! The first thing I do every morning, with great anticipation, is open up the Blind Pig and see what we’ve got today.

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