Appalachia Blog Thankful November

Thankful November 2018 – Fred Chappell

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 Fred Chappell’s  book “I Am One of You Forever.” To be entered simply leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends Monday November 12.

The winner of the Foxfire 10 book is Jeanette Queen

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

Jeanette please email me your mailing address at [email protected] and I’ll get the book to you!

Be on the lookout for more Thankful November giveaways.


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  • Reply
    Jeanette Queen
    November 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Tipper….I am so touched to be the winner, thank you.
    Your blog is so wonderful, makes my day everyday here at work ! I love our mountains, the memories and heritage
    that we all have. Thank you for ALL you do to preserve and share with us ! So important to pass down memories and heritage to our younger generations.

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    November 11, 2018 at 3:40 am

    tipper, i know i am thankful for you….firstly because you truly are a caring, wonderful lady. im so glad i found your blog years ago. you have shared your family, your joys, and sadness and i love you for that…..your music is so beautiful..i have paps christmas songs on right now…i love hearing the harmony…and listen to christmas year round…
    sending big ladybug hugs

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    November 10, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I am from southern roots like you, so glad I have found your blog, thank you so much for putting your heart into this daily blessing!

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    richard beauchamp
    November 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Please include me in your current give away !

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    November 10, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Whether the Bible, or family, or community stories, it’s the tales we share that keep our history alive. And, no matter how beautiful and extraordinary the setting, it’s the people that make the story especially worth remembering.

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    Pat Harvey
    November 10, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Tipper I am a transplant from Michigan moved to Tennessee in 1983 and fell in love with the mountains. Bought a cabin in the Smokies lived in it for the next three years. Fell in love with a local southern gentalman, we married and moved to his farm, we have been married for 28 years, and I have many wonderful southern friends. One of these friends introduced me to your site a while back a it is the first thing I do every morning even before I have my coffee. Also explore your many “ you might also like” sites. Love everything about this sight, keep them co I got. Thank you so much for the pleasure you give your readers.

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    November 10, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I am from the hills and hollers of western NC. Therefore, “I am one of you”. I chose a long time ago to talk like I talk and act like I act. I watched fellow classmates go off to college and change their accent and their way of acting. My education took me to the medical field, and to this day the most highly of educated people (doctors) try to correct my grammar and chide me about my accent. They do not conceive the concept that Appalachian culture is deeply embedded in my DNA and I am proud of my heritage. Tipper, thank you for all that you do to record and save a part of my history.

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    Don T.
    November 10, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Morning tipper. Just came in from my deer stand to warm up. 38 degrees and windy up here in the Shenandoah Valley this morning. I’ve never read any of Fred Chappell but intend to soon. Thanks not only for the offer but also for this and the several other good reads you’ve offered or mentioned in the past. I’ve never won any of your offerings but usually go right to Google and check them out and usually end up ordering one from somewhere.
    So thanks much for the references and also for all you do. Along with a couple devotions the email linking me to your daily post is something I look forward to each day .

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    November 10, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Thanks Tipper for mentioning this author. Haven’t heard of him so I googled him and now I really want to read Fred Chappell’s book, “I am one of you forever.” I love books written on history, actual happenings. Fred Chappell is a native of North Carolina, and a past English professor at University of North Carolina. This book is the story of a young boy’s coming of age. Set in the hills and hollows of western North Carolina in the years around World War II, it tells of ten-year-old Jess and his family — father, mother, grandmother, foster brother, and an odd assortment of other relatives — who usher Jess into the adult world, with all its attendant joys and sorrows, knowledge and mystery. Actually, I think all your readers would enjoy this book.

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    Susan Jones
    November 10, 2018 at 10:08 am

    It’s amazing what one caring, tenacious person and her talented family can do to keep Appalachian Roots alive and well through photos, music and tales. Thanks Tipper! All the best autumn blessings to you and the Blind Pie and Acorn family of readers.

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    Jeanie C.
    November 10, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I read your post with my first cup of coffee. I enjoy the history part. Great job.

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    November 10, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I love your blog

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    Patricia Small
    November 10, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Sending thanks for all the effort you put into this blog! I love to hear how much you love your home and family!!!

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    Charles Ronald Perry, Sr.
    November 10, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Would love to win Fred’s book. Love your blog

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    Ron Stephens
    November 10, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I am not familiar with the author but I’m sure it is good.

    I am thankful for you, your family and the BP&A readers. I never have been able in my own mind to pin down just what I get from being part of a ‘community of interest’ which is what BP&A is to me. But it makes the world a better place to have some connection across many miles to people who appreciate the same things.

    Btw, our church had service at the missionary Baptist church in Cades Cove last month. We followed a group from Cleveland, Tn. The acoustics were phenomenal. We sounded maybe the best ever. I’m sure you know about the sound since you have been to Oconaluftee and Little Cattaloochee.

    I also just discovered the other day that there is a webcam at Newfound Gap and at Clingman’s Dome. If they were there before I didn’t know it. So we can see what the high Smokies are looking like without going. And they archive a picture each hour and those pictures can be downloaded. The other day there was hoarfrost on the evergreens.

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    November 10, 2018 at 8:43 am

    The old-timers say that a person should try to keep learning no matter how old we get. Tipper, you are the best teacher of Appalachia sayings, folklore, cooking, music, gardening, history and so much more. Your readers should be the thankful ones! I know I am.

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    Sherry Whitaker
    November 10, 2018 at 8:24 am

    It is a foggy Florida morning as I grab my coffee & my Kindle for my read through the Bible & The Blind Pig…I am blessed. That book sounds like a good read too. 🙂

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    Colleen Holmes
    November 10, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Good moring Tipper,
    First I read your blog to help wake me up with a cup of coffee. Then I read my Bible for inspiration from God to carry me through the day. Love your posts.

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    Emily Lott
    November 10, 2018 at 7:53 am

    One of my favorite BP&A posts is Pallet on the Floor. It brings back so many memories of when my cousins would come to visit and all us kids could make pallets and sleep together like a bunch of puppies. I still love to make a pallet when I am having trouble sleeping in the bed. Luckily I am well-supplied with inherited quilts. I guess the love of sleeping on the floor led to my love of camping and sleeping on the ground under the stars without a tent.
    Thanks for all that you do.
    PS: we say “Point blank” in Texas, too. As in,” He walked in and shot that critter point blank without blinking an eye”.

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    Gayle Larson
    November 10, 2018 at 7:40 am

    As we go along in life so much of our past is forgotten. You bring it all back. Some memories are good and some memories not so good but we are who we are and it is wonderful to be reminded once in awhile just where we did come from. The world has come a long way but I think they left a few good things fall by the wayside. I so appreciate your blog and memories of home.

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    November 10, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I have been reading this site for many years. I discovered it accidentally while researching information about N.C. I have learned so much about N.C. and its history. Thank you, Tipper, for your dedication toward keeping the history alive.

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    carol roy
    November 10, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Hi Tipper….your blog is great I look forward to reading it each day. All the music is terrific tks for sharing with us. The best to you and your family!

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