Appalachia Blog Thankful November

Thankful November 2018 – Foxfire 10

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 a used copy of the “Foxfire 10” book. To be entered simply leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends Friday November 9.

The winners of Pap and Paul’s cd “Shepherd of My Soul” are:

Gigi who said: “I love reading your blog and the other post. You and my cup of coffee, what else could make my day go better (besides my prayer to God) God Bless!”


Don Byers who said: “Thank you for making the Blind Pig and the Acorn possible!!! My morning coffee just wouldn’t be the same!”

Gigi and Don please email me your mailing address at [email protected] and I’ll get the cd to you!

Be on the lookout for more Thankful November giveaways.


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    S. Taylor
    November 12, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I missed the opportunity to win a well-loved book in a series that I believe helped raise the profile of Appalachian culture. No matter as my wife and I are in the “getting rid of stuff” mode now that we are empty nesters. This process of sharing treasured items with others for keeps reminds me of when my beloved kindergarten teacher who I was friends with until she died at age 78, gave back to me some Christmas ornaments I had made for her when I was still in elementary school. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful and to be generous.

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    patrice buck
    November 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog daily. It is so refreshing to read positive words and thoughts on this blog.

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    Janet Smart
    November 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Hi, Tipper. It’s so nice of you to have these give aways. I enjoy reading your blog every day and visiting with you and your family over the internet.

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    November 6, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I think they could make a whole new Foxfire book with selections from your blog!!!!

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    Joe Penland
    November 6, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I remember when Foxfire started. (I am sure telling my age!) . At one time I had most of the books plus some of the papers that were published. Unfortunately, over the years from moves, a divorce, being loaned out I am down to two or three copies. These will go to the grandchildren who love to read them. Another Foxfire to add to their collection would be great.

    PS Your interview on WBIR-TV when you were in Knoxville was great.

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    November 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Can’t remember exactly when I first found the Blind Pig but I’m pretty sure it’s been over 10yrs ago, I just remember looking for an escape from dealing with our Daughters health issues, and reading help get my mind off in a different direction and gave it a rest, and it helped so much, Thank you Tipper for all you’ve put into your blog, things are not perfect still, but her health is better, and helped this Ole Boy thru it, and I learned a “thang” or two along this journey.

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    Kenneth Ryan
    November 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I, too, look forward each morning to reading your blog and listening to the music. Mornings wouldn’t be the same without it. Thanks to you and your family for sharing with us.

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    Barbara Gantt
    November 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I love the Foxfire Books. Back in the 70’s Burnheart Furniture made a set of furniture called Foxfire. The pieces were designed around the older style of furniture from the mountains of NC. My Dad worked there during that time. I have a Foxfire Cookbook that I use a lot.

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    Rooney Floyd
    November 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I love the original Foxfire books (vol. 1–10). I have them all and got them as they came out–many happy hours of good reading. No need to put my name in the pot, but Best to the lucky winner and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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    November 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Gosh there are so many things to be truly thankful for… especially for getting to enjoy all the blog post here and also the comments of others too…I found the Blind Pig & The Acorn Blog one day while reading another blog, can’t remember which, but the name drew me and so glad for what a delightful reading every day it is to look forward too. That’s a lot to be thankful for. I’ve never read a Foxfire book ,but from all the comments above it surely must be something special.

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    Jerry Finley
    November 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks for all you do !!!! And BLIND PIG.

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    November 6, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I’ve always enjoy the tidbits you share from the Fox Fire writings. I’m sure I would read this to my wife and reminisce.

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    Sherry Whitaker
    November 6, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Amen to Miss Cindy’s post! 🙂 I have a few Foxfire books & would love #10. I love your blog, Tipper. A bright spot in my day.

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    Jeanette Queen
    November 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Tipper, you are just wonderful, love all your stories, your songs and your family. Your blog makes so many people happy !

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    Colleen Holmes
    November 6, 2018 at 11:40 am

    When my feet hit the floor, it’s go, go, go, do, do, do, but I always take time to read your informative and inspiring bog. Thanks Tip

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    Ann Applegarth
    November 6, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Tipper, your beautiful blog is a daily delight — a welcome island of stability in a world gone mad.

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    November 6, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Readers’ responses are absolutely correct. Nothing better to start your day than with a cup of coffee and The Blind Pig and Acorn Blog. I think I mentioned last year that I had purchased a set of “Foxfire” books back in the early 80’s. I read them from cover to cover and decided that everything described sounded like the way my parents had been brought up on farms in the south. I gave the set to my father and he read them from cover to cover. If it was describing how they butchered their hogs and put up their meat or used herbs and such to treat ailments, he would say, “that is just how we did it.” My parents have passed on to glory now but the set of “Foxfire” books were passed to our son who cherishes them. They represent a rich history of the way our people carved out a living over a 100 years ago.

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    November 6, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Thank you for your wonderful blog. I’ve introduced your Facebook page to my husband and it’s his new favorite. I hear him singing along with Pap and Paul and it blesses my heart.

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    November 6, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Thanks so much Tipper. I got got my ( coffee) and sat down to read the post this morning , at work. Im a caregiver. I was reading your post and saw that i was one of the winners of pap and paul’s cd. Tickled me to death. You made my day
    Not only will i enjoy it but all my family. Thanks again Tipper. God Bless!

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    Jeanie C
    November 6, 2018 at 10:11 am

    For the past 34 years we have made a trip to North Ga. and North Carolina and Tenn. Each year, can’t remember when I began to buy) I would buy me a book. When I got the first Fox Fire book, then that is all I would buy each year. A friend cleaned out and gave me some Fox Fire books. I love them and the stories in them. I still buy a good book of the mountain life in yesteryear but no more Fox Fire.

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    Susan C
    November 6, 2018 at 10:08 am

    For the joy of human love– brother, sister, parent, child. Friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild. (Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth –4th verse).

    Tipper, thank you for connecting us through your blog. It is a special link to each other for sure. Without getting too political on election day, I wish our entire country could experience this understanding of one another without condemnation when we differ in opinion.

    I’m thankful for my Blind Pig friends!

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    Wanda Devers
    November 6, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I love the Foxfire books. Hope I win!I have several of the earlier ones.

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    James Smithson
    November 6, 2018 at 9:40 am

    I love reading your posts. Lots to learn lots of memories.

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    Bill Burnett
    November 6, 2018 at 9:30 am

    The Blind Pig is my daily have to read, I hope all of you are doing well.

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    C. Ronald Perry, Sr.
    November 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I would love to have a copy of the book. Thank you for all that you and your family do. Wish that I lived there instead of here in liberal old Maryland.

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    November 6, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Thanks again for all the joy your blog brings. I really enjoy the music and all the history of my favorite part of the country.

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    Lynda Marderness
    November 6, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Thank you for your posts. I lived in Murphy for 17 years, and am now back in Texas. Through your posts I relive so many wonderful memories. I still have some of the best friends there that I miss and always cherish. I had a set of foxfire years ago, but unfortunately have been lost in several moves. I would love to have this book to relive some of these memories again. Thanks!

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    Rick Shepherd
    November 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Good Morning!…..There are many ways to start a good day, Tipper…..Reading Blind Pig and the Acorn along with a cup of coffee is one of them…..I first became aware of the Foxfire Books in about 1972 or 1973 in southwestern Indiana on the Ohio River after I got out of the US Army during the Vietnam war…..Then the blessings of life and children began and my attention got quite diverted from Foxfire…..Little did I know that as of this writing so many years later, retiring from Ohio, that I would be living in the North Georgia Mountains near Foxfire country.

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    November 6, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Tipper, you introduced me to the Foxfire Magazine four or five years ago when I won your giveaway. I hope the winner of this giveaway will enjoy the book as much as I did the magazines.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 6, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I’m sure most, if not all, of us think you are the one who deserves the thanks. But then your thinking we do is just one illustration of why we look forward to checking in with you every day. You are a giver and I expect over ninety percent of the time a cheerful one, that is to say one of those the Lord loves.

    I’ve lost track how many Foxfire books there are now, twelve that I know of. Looks like #10 is about planting by the signs and gardening generally?

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    Gary Powell
    November 6, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Read your blog every day. E-mail was down for almost a week. Had to go through and read all at once. Have a great day!

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    richard beauchamp
    November 6, 2018 at 7:33 am

    I really enjoy your blog . The Fox Fire books are a real treasure , I Have some of them.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    November 6, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Tipper, I could not do without my daily Blind Pig and Acorn reading. Please never stop blogging.

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    Kay Paul
    November 6, 2018 at 7:20 am

    I have loved the Foxfire books since the first one came out. I literally wore it out carrying it around and reading it. I gave my son the whole set a few years ago for Christmas. He may be young in years but he loves learning about the “old ways” and would fit right in with the wonderful people in Appalachia where my ancestors lived. I don’t have Book 10 and would enjoy reading it.

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    Emily Lott
    November 6, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Tipper, thank you for sharing the lore of a wonderful place and people. Reading your posts is like getting a letter from a friend about goings on in the family and neighborhood.
    You have opened our eyes and ears. I’m going to North Carolina in June to soak in some more.
    ==Emily from Texas

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    November 6, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I enjoy reading your posts and learning about another part of the country. I also enjoy the music.

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    Karen Alley
    November 6, 2018 at 6:09 am

    Love reading your post!

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    Miss Cindy
    November 6, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Congratulations winners, there is nothing better than a good book, a cup of coffee and friends!

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