Appalachia Thankful November

Thankful November 2018 – Carolinians Recall

Thankful-November 2018

During the month of November I host a variety of giveaways as a way of saying THANK YOU to Blind Pig and The Acorn readers. If you didn’t know it, you’re the best blog readers in the whole wide world!

Today’s giveaway is the last one of my Thankful November series and it is a used copy of “Rough Weather Makes Good Timber – Carolinians Recall” which is a collection of stories from elderly folks who grew up in North Carolina. To be entered simply leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends Wednesday December 5.


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    Richard Moore
    December 2, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Enter me in the book contest. I’ve visited North Carolina for over 65 years and it was where my parents honeymooned in the 1920s. My Aunt Irene and her husband Andy in Asheville often talked about the great blizzard of January 1918. My Moore family had been in Asheville for several weeks and it was where Irene met Andy. The Moores decided to move back to Georgia and the family went by train. Grandpa Elisha Moore and my father, who was 11 years old, were to bring the mules and wagon back. But the blizzard hit and they just managed to get to Hendersonville where they holed up in a livery stable until the roads were again passable.

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    Darlena Mixson
    December 2, 2018 at 1:04 am

    I thoroughly enjoy your stories and remembering things from my childhood. I’ve been in SC since 1962 and some of the words and customs have been shut away in my brain….until I read one of your stories. Would love to win the book. We can learn so much from their stories and experiences. Wish I had asked questions when my close relatives were alive.

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    December 1, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Miss Cindy said it best. A big thank you to you! (Maybe she needs to start a blog of her own?)

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    Yancey Davis
    December 1, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I’m with Vicki, cornbread, (though Mama used white meal not yeller), buttermilk not “sweet” milk. I’m from the Foothills, Mount Airy, (Mayberry), and have lived in Western NC since ’73. Speaking of old folks sayin’s my favorite from my Granny was…”Ever’body to their own notion said the old woman when she kissed her cow.

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      aw griff
      December 1, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Yancey Davis. I love your Granny’s saying. Never heard that one but I’ll shore remember it. You just spread it far and wide.

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      December 4, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Yancey-that has to be one of the best sayings ever 🙂

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    December 1, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Please add my name to this giveaway, Tipper – not that you need to give any more than you already do by maintaining your website for all of us readers to enjoy!
    By the way, I don’t know if it’s okay to mention, so please delete my comment if not! I’m doing a giveaway of star-shaped ornaments handmade of woolen felt, on my blogpost from last Tuesday. Anyone, anywhere, is welcome to leave a comment to enter the drawing on Comptonia.

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    aw griff
    December 1, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Although I’m not from the beautiful Smoky Mountains but from the rugged hill country of I always felt at home talking to the native mountain people. I know I would enjoy the book.
    I too was one of those kids who loved to listen to the old folks talk. You know the old folks, People in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and older.

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    Gary Powell
    December 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I always liked to listen to the “old folks” talk, just looked and found that I am one, now.

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    Allison B
    December 1, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Would be a great book to read, full of wisdom, and entertainment, I’m sure. Sounds like everyone is hoping to win!

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    Wanda Devers
    December 1, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I would love to win the book. I’ve always loved listening to the older folks–I was the child sitting nearby with big ears open. Now I sometimes wonder if the oldsters wished I’d go away for a while so they wouldn’t have to monitor their stories.

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    Janet Smart
    December 1, 2018 at 10:58 am

    That book sounds so interesting, Tipper. It would be fun to compare their stories to the ones I hear in WV. I bet there would be a lot that are the same. I love old stories from the past, they all need to be written down, let they be forgotten.

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    Larry Ball
    December 1, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Please enter my name in the giveaway. I am a direct descendant of early settlers in WNC mountains and grew up hearing similar stories and vocabulary you seek to preserve.

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    December 1, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I go along day after day rarely remembering much of my past. UNTIL I read something some “seasoned” citizen has said or written. Then I recall so many of the times in the woods, times listening to the older folks in the area and times along the streams and rivers. With all the modern convivences life is nowhere near as interesting or exciting as it once was. Of course I probably couldn’t survive that life now.

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    Kenneth Ryan
    December 1, 2018 at 10:25 am

    What an interesting book title. I’d like to have a chance to read it. Please put my name in the hat!

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    richard beauchamp
    December 1, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I would love tread this bookr

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    December 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

    What a great blog you have. You are so kind to share all these wonderful gifts with your readers. No matter what we do we could never give back to you all you have given. Thank you for all the time and effort, and you outdo yourself with the November giveaway.

    I would be so pleased to own and read a book about memories from the older generation of Appalachia, because we can learn so much from them. A grandson made a decision to feature his grandmother, Clara, in a VLOG about depression era cooking on a You Tube series. Clara does the cooking from the depression era, and tells of the hardships. She has since passed, and I am certain her grandson is pleased that he made the decision to share his wonderful grandmother’s memories and skills with others.. You could certainly be a hit showing Appalachian and depression era cooking with your own cookbook. Unfortunately, there is just not enough Tipper to go around . We do appreciate your efforts to share your world with us so much!

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    December 1, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Tipper, this is another book I had once, but it has disappeared over the years. I don’t remember much about it, except that I like it.

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    Colleen Holmes
    December 1, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I love this blog and your family. Y’all are well blessed. Great to see so many give-aways. Truly a kind hearted person. Merry Christmas early.

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    Patricia Small
    December 1, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I love to listen to older folks tell stories from their past. I wish I had asked more questions when my grandparents and elder aunts and uncles were alive. I guess now I’m the older folk and better share my stories, ha ha! I don’t think my post are showing up…can you let me know?

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    Sherry Case
    December 1, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I read your blog daily. Some days, I get chills because you have reminded me of words, traditions, or memories I had set back to keep!
    Thank you!

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    December 1, 2018 at 9:43 am

    when my grandkids visit they always ask to hear some old stories about when
    I was a kid, or when their daddy was a little boy. The old stories are always the best.
    Thanks for all you do to help keep the old ways alive.

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    Sherri Bennett
    December 1, 2018 at 9:40 am

    So many appalachian memories and recipes.

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    December 1, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I love the title of that book! A tree cutting company came by and helped with the limbs and trees that fell during a recent ice storm and made a similar comment. This cold weather makes for a good use of the tree that is not used for timber.

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    December 1, 2018 at 9:01 am

    North Carolina is replete with interesting stories and folklore. As a relatively new Carolinian (just 8.5 years), I soak up all of that. I know I’d love reading the book.

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    Richard Shepherd
    December 1, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Tipper, as soon as I finished reading this post, an email from the Great Smoky Mountain Association popped up…..One good thing leads to another and it told about a hike coming up at the Glenn Cardwell Heritage Museum in Pittman Center, TN east of Gatlinburg on December 7……I googled his name and read an excellent interview about Glenn Cardwell, the Eternal Mayor of the Smokies, by Arthur McDade June 1, 2018 in Smoky Mountain Living…..Reading a story about the life of this accomplished GSMNP Ranger, rich in history, is precisely why I hope to win your stories of the elderly in North Carolina.

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    Ron Banks
    December 1, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Tipper, I haven’t commented in a while but I still look forward to reading your blog each morning. I get my first cup of coffee sit in my chair and find the BP bookmark on my handy dandy phone. Shoot…The Blind Pig and coffee go together like biscuit and gravy or cornbread and milk. I know there has to be a lot of time and thought that goes into the blog each day and I want to just say thank you for all the hard work you do to keep our traditions alive.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 1, 2018 at 8:41 am

    The title of the book reminds me of the story about the master violin maker who selected spruce from the stunted, wind-blown, ice-bitten, snow-smothered trees grown near timberline; each with growth rings so close together they could not be counted. Even finding and collecting it was a hazardous undertaking. But it had the sweetest sound. Some people are made into ‘good timber’ by the hard school of suffering and adversity.

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    December 1, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I find it totally amazing how you find the time each day to write something interesting and still maintain a job, home and family. I love reading this each morning. It’s always a ray of sunshine for my day.

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    Flo N Rainwater
    December 1, 2018 at 8:35 am

    I’ve been watching videos of loggers plying their trade. Their major complaint about their jobs are when rains keep them out of the woods. I keep thinking “It’s that rain and mud that makes the timber grow tall and straight!” You know people are like that too. This title echoes that feeling, don’t you think.

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    December 1, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I’m intrigued by the title of this book. Like so many other sayings which find the positive in a negative, it speaks to a faith-filled, hard working, wise people.

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    Wayne G. Barber
    December 1, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I receive over 100 good e-mails a day and I search for yours early. I am a Author, Board member of ARIA Association of Rhode Island Authors, 339 members and the owner and host of the award winning Authors Hour on worldwide livestream 99.9 fm, 1380am, 95.1 fm Alexa, Echo, Apple,Tune in radio. Simple radio Etc. On the Authors Hour I receive a book, read it then interview the Author or review it live on the program and take in e-mail from around the world while doing it. I would love to add this book to our show, Wayne G. Barber 34 Hamlet Street, Pascoag, RI, 02859

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    Richard Shepherd
    December 1, 2018 at 8:12 am

    It is good to honor the elderly….I would enjoy reading through the eyes of wisdom of days gone by…..It makes the days to come have more meaning and worth…..Thanks Tipper.

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    William P Dotson
    December 1, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Tipper I love the older stories you have been posting, I would like a chance to win these books, Thanks.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 1, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Thank you, Tipper for all that you give us! Every day we get out of bed knowing that there will be uplifting and interesting new event for us to read to get us started on the new day with a post on the Blind Pig. We don’t have to think about it because we just know it will be there. Then in November you give us Appalachian related books and things all month.
    Your the best, and a big thank you to you!!!

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    dianna thomas
    December 1, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Ohhhhhhhhh I just LOVE to wake up every single morning and check out The Blind Pig and The Acorn….other than always being fascinated by the name of this site my day has more meaning and throughout my day there is always something that relates back. I am constantly sharing what i read with my husband, children, friends, coworkers, sisters and parents. My Granny of 97 years taught me so much and I guess thats why I get such a great soothing feeling from you and your family and your everyday life and interests. If I was to win this copy of your giveaway I would greatly absorb and cherish it to its fullest and also share it with others because thats what life and family is all about, Right? Thanks SOOOOOO much for your time, warmth, caring and dedication! May God bless you and yours! {and I truly believe He does!}

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    Vicki Sartin
    December 1, 2018 at 6:14 am

    I just found your blog from an article I read about cornbread and milk. My granddaddy used to eat it with buttermilk but I always eat mine with sweet milk. I began eating it when I was a little kid because I wanted to be like granddaddy. I was the first grandchild and I think I was his favorite. I hope I win this giveaway because I love stories about our south.

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