Blog Thankful November

Thankful November 2019

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Every 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!

There’ll be a variety of giveaways throughout the month so be on the lookout for any that you might like to enter.

I’m starting things off with a copy of Jeff Biggers’ book “The United Stages of Appalachia.” In the book Biggers gives a fascinating and impressive look at the role Appalachia plays in the history of the United States.

To be entered in the giveaway leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends Monday November 4, 2019.


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    Larry Tolley
    November 4, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Would love to have the book about United States of Appalachia

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    Gaye Blaine
    November 3, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Appalachia is a great place to be born and raised. Don’t ever forget or be ashamed of your good fortune.

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    Barbara Parker
    November 2, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I am true Appalachian from the mountains of Blue Ridge Ga. Today we took a trip up to where I was blessed to have been born and lived the most formative years of my life. Your messages are heart touching and inspiring. I just finished reading the Dollmaker by Harritte Arnow and I could relate to it so much. Our family knew hard times and Mama always shared stories, legends, inspirations, and true country living. I would love to have one of the books you will be giving away. Thank you so much for all you do to help keep our Heritage alive.

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    Sherry Case
    November 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you for carrying me back to my childhood. Each day I look forward to reading Blind Pig! The best news of the day!♥️♥️♥️♥️

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    November 2, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I always enjoy your many of them take me back to childhood in the mountains

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    Jim Kenninton
    November 2, 2019 at 12:33 am

    My mom’s father was a farmer who moved east to Gaston County around 1910. I learned a lot about Appalachia from Mom, her two sisters, and her thirteen brothers and all their kin. I’m trying to educate the Southern California city-slickers in my seniors’ writing class about real life in the hills and hollars. Tipper, you’ve been an inspiration about how much the ‘old ways’ are still part of my life and a source of information by prompting so many memories. Thanks for all you do. I’m already a winner because I can browse though your posts and it’s just like a visit back home.

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    November 1, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Tipper, you provide both positivity and heritage for me each morning, as I read your blog entry even before rising. It keeps me in touch with my roots in this great swath of land and people we call Appalachian. Blessings to you and yours.

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    November 1, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Tipper, I am a native flat lander but love to visit the Appalachian Mountains and read your Blog daily. I love the Music portion as well as reading about the life style of the old mountain folk. My older family was and the ones left is bonified pure country. Please enjoy the coming holidays may God Bless you and yours.

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    November 1, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    I was born in Appalachia, raised in Appalachia, vacationed in Appalachia as often as possible and returned to Appalachia when I retired. I still explore Appalachia by vehicle, foot and reading of it and the people that have called home for generations. I would definitely like the book.

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    Dale Anderson
    November 1, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you for your blog keeping us informed on our Appalachian homes. I am too old to travel back to Western NC,but my heart still yearns for the mountains. Please enter me in the drawing.

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    Cathy Washburn
    November 1, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    I would like to read the book. Hopefully I can find a copy, even if I don’t win. I’m in Florida so we don’t have as many books about Appalachia as I did when I lived in Tennessee. Thanks!

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    L.A. Rickman
    November 1, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    This book would be a find gift to my dear old friend that introduced me to your site.
    He has great interest and love for his Mothers Heritage and all things Appalachia.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Tipper, it warms my heart to read all the stories from folks who love Appalachia and love you and this blog that gives us all a breath of fresh air and home.
    I’m not eligible for the book because I’m family but I do also love this new family that you have created for us!
    My comment today is “You go girl!!” your doing great!

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      Ed Ammons
      November 1, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      Matt’s grandmother Lura Ammons Pressley was my 4th cousin. Does that make me close enough to be considered family too therefore ineligible to win the book? Its OK anyway! I can’t hold a book to read any more without my hands and arms going numb. I can get the kindle version and read it on my computer monitor. Getting old sucks!

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      November 3, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      And we love you Miss Cindy! You have some great sayings, and really good advice. If I don’t have time to read all the comments, I always read one. Yours!

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    November 1, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Would love a copy of the book but would rather have a copy of your book that I know that you are going to write soon.

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    November 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    I was just thinking yesterday about how life is so much easier with a thankful heart. Complaining just feeds into misery. I’m looking forward to the November posts.

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    Amanda Burts
    November 1, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I love your blog. It is a highlight of my day! Thank you!

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    Patricia Small
    November 1, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I am a faithful reader but I don’t comment very often…I do like winning stuff!

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      Lynda Jones
      November 1, 2019 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you for all the fun and informative things that you provide to us. We look forward to seeing what’s next. Being raised in the 50’s I can remember a lot of the things you write about. Love your blog

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    Rebecca N Layfield
    November 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

    So thankful for so much!! Thankful for being a child of God and for my family my friends the United States of America!! Thankful to have such an awesome blog to follow that reminds me so much of my childhood!! I am from northeast Alabama but love all things southern and country . Praying Gods continued blessings over you Tipper!!

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    Bill Burnett
    November 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Proud to be of Appalachian Stock, enjoy your blog every day and treasure your families’ friendship.

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    Sandra McGrandle
    November 1, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I love reading all your posts, Tipper – I live in California now but my roots are in the South. My Mema is still with us at age 93 and often what you write brings back memories that also remind me of her. Thank you!

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    Jim keller
    November 1, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Like many others my day starts with your blog and a cup of coffee.
    When I first started reading your blog it rekindled memories that I hadn’t thought about in years. I find it amazing that the people of east TN, NC and Virginia mustered at Fort Watagua here in East TN all from different origins , United and defeated the British Army at King’s Mountain, SC two hundred years ago. I think from then the term Appalachian described all of us in this mountain range, with a can do, won’t quit attitude. Unfortunately I see that mindset and sense of being from the Appalachians slowly slipping away with the younger generations. Maybe one day they will reconnect with a source of info such as you provide and rekindle some good memories.

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    November 1, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I’m certainly thankful for the Blind Pig and Acorn that I get to read almost every morning with my cup of coffee. I googled the book and one place showed it as The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America. After reading a review or two, it sure had me hooked so I will look for it at my library. I love libraries. You know even though they might not have the book you are looking for they can check in other libraries and have it sent to your library. Ah oh, maybe rethink that, I had a book on the Cooley’s family history sent to my library and I could read it there but could not take it out of the library. That may have been because it was the genealogy of the Cooley Family and a very old book. I was just looking at one of my ancestors yesterday, a George Adams, born April 1773 in N.C. A revolutionary soldier who’s first engagement was at Brier Creek on 3 Mar 1799. I’m still working on his genealogy. Keep on posting Tipper, I sure enjoy your blog.

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      Joyce Shelton
      November 1, 2019 at 11:25 am

      I have just became aware of this web site but already know I will love it. I was born in Blaircreek, lived in Sweetwater and now have lived in Tusquittee for 36 years. Being born here and had two grandmothers that lived to be just shy of 100 I heard all the sayings, recipes, and Gifts. The Gifts amaze me the most as I have continually seen them tried and worked all my life. I am a true Believer in Gifts. To me it boils down to the person with the Gift having the Faith but I do believe that not everyone has the Gift. I was told by a very old neighbor when I was just a tiny child that I would have the Gift. I had no idea what she meant until later. She told me my Gift and how to go about finding what I needed to succeed. She was right. She is in Heaven where the Gifts are created, just letting us be an instrument of God if we have the Faith. I do. I will check on this daily. I also have studied for many many years on natural treatments to build our immune system to fight off disease and infections. No, I do not take the Flu shot, never will. I will study all the things that God put here to help and heal us as long as I live. We are practically neighbors Tipper, thank you.

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    November 1, 2019 at 9:22 am

    I go on decluttering binges on a regular basis. However, I try to hang onto all my Appalachian type books or any book on area history. This seems like it would be a very interesting book! It would make a wonderful Winter read. Thank you so much for your persistence and dedication in bringing us all this wonderful information daily.

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    Vann Helms
    November 1, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Tipper, you’re just too generous. We love your blog, even without the giveaways. Enjoy the colds weather, and pull out Granny’s old quilts…

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    carol harrison
    November 1, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I read your posts every day. I have learned a lot and am looking forward to more good posts. Thank you.

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    Sandra Johnson
    November 1, 2019 at 8:42 am

    My roots are in the Appalachia Mountains. I always say I have mountain blood. I am proud to be part of one of the first families in the area. My Great Grandfather is buried off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Mills River area. One of the most memorable events of my life is going on a 6 mile hike to find his grave. Love those mountains and their people.

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    Gayle Larson
    November 1, 2019 at 8:41 am

    What would we do every morning if not for your blog.? Brings back so many memories and explains exactly why I do and say so many things. Always brings a smile to my face and sometimes I laugh out loud because you hit the nail on the head. We are a great and proud people.
    Would love to read that book.

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    Teresa Estepp
    November 1, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Blind Pig and the Acorn is a link to my childhood and the generation in my family that is no longer with us. I’m thankful to remember my family-ways through this daily cup of joy.

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    Jerry Finley
    November 1, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Hi Tipper. Even tho” I live in Georgia, I was born in Appalachia (Marion, NC) and I love it and your blog. Thanks

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    Ron Stephens
    November 1, 2019 at 8:13 am

    As an amateur genealogist I am intrigued at how Appalachia still shows its history. I’m sure that happens more or less everywhere but I suspect it is more in Appalachia. An example is how upper east Tennessee shows the merging of migration streams from the Northeast US and the Southern Tidewater and Piedmont in its wide range of religious denominations. Just as the genetics of families transmit the family resemblance so does historic “genetics” leave its stamp on the culture of a region.

    I am not familiar with the author or the book but I will go look them up.

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    Linda Trambley
    November 1, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Please enter me, Tipper! I miss my mountains so much!

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    November 1, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Oh I am so thankful for the Blind Pig! It is such a happy part of each day!

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    Darlene Longmire
    November 1, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving because it is a time for family and no “presents” are exchanged as on Christmas. It is important to remember how thankful we should be for the love, compassion, and forgiveness of our God. Our prayers should include thanking God for the ultimate act of love, Jesus. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Somehow I know you and your family will.

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    November 1, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I read your posts daily and. I would love a chance to win this book. ❤️

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    Colleen Holmes
    November 1, 2019 at 7:47 am

    You’re my morning cup of coffee. Read your blog every day. Love the fall. Happy November harvest, Tipper.

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    sheryl paul
    November 1, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I have been a follower for a very long time and love your blog

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    William P Dotson
    November 1, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Love your posts especially the old time stuff.

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    Don Byers
    November 1, 2019 at 7:20 am

    As I have said before, Tipper and my morning coffee….!!

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    November 1, 2019 at 7:11 am

    You”re too kind. As if reading your blog every day is not reward enough, having this book would be wonderful!

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    Uncle Al
    November 1, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Hello Tipper,

    It’s been a while since I commented though I read everyday. Enjoy all your posts.

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    November 1, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Would love a copy of the book!

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    Joe Chumlea
    November 1, 2019 at 6:40 am

    I want a copy,PLEASE!!!

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    November 1, 2019 at 6:31 am

    please enter me! i love everything appalachian!

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    Trent Wren
    November 1, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I’d love to be able to read that book. There are some people up here in Ohio that need their education stretched a little bit.

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      aw griff
      November 1, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Trent, I know this isn’t the kind of education you are talking about but I thought of a tough education one thief received. As told to me by Big Bert Evans. Pronounced as Evens.
      Bert and several other construction workers went up to Northern O-hi to work and rented a room. They all went out of the evening for supper and when they returned there was a thief in the room. My friend, Big Bert, who had fists as big as hams hit the thief on the chin and knocked him out. They called the police and when the policeman showed up he told Bert you have broke both of his jaws and wanted to know what he hit him with. Bert stretched out his fist and told the policeman he hit him with this. As Bert told me the story he made a fist and extended it out toward me. Even though Bert has ben gone several years, in my mind’s eye I can still see that huge fist.

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