Thankful November

Thankful November – Appalachian Values & Winners

Collage of 2021 photos

“My feeling is that we mountain people have a pretty realistic view of ourselves, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We temper everything with humor that reflects the human condition as we see it. Since we never think that we can be perfect, we don’t become cynical when we fail. When we do not fail, we are pleasantly surprised. These beliefs make us somewhat at peace with ourselves. We don’t pretend to be what we are not.”

—Loyal Jones “Appalachian Values”

Today’s Thankful November giveaway is a used copy of “Appalachian Values.” To be entered in the giveaway leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends November 28, 2021.


The winner of “The Complete Venison Cookbook” is Dan Reece who said: “Thanks for keeping the real world alive with your stories. During today’s crazy world it’s very nice to remember what normal used to be. Great recipe might like a little Montreal type seasoning.”

The winner of “Return the Innocent Earth” is Denise R who said: “We love the sound of owls hollering in the night, we hear them most nights where we live. To us it’s part of the peacefulness of night time. This time of the year is always full of memories of our loved ones who we miss. Thank you for sharing that passage!”

The winner of “Medicine Men Extreme Appalachian Doctoring” is Tonie Fraser who said: “My heart is heavy for Larry and Anita. Losing a child leaves a much deeper hole in a person’s heart. My husband and I are loving the books you recommend. In fact, I just found John Parris’ book…our Christmas present to each other. Thank you for all your recommendations…and I hope I win this book!! Have a great day.”

The winner of “Appalachian Values” is Sanford McKinney who said: “Tipper, I started to respond, “RATS! I did not win anything”. Then the light came on and I realize that I am a winner each time I consume the contents of your blogs. Thank you for helping keep Appalachia “front and center”!”

The winner of “Bird Dog Days Wingshooting Ways” is Nancy Johnson who said: “This is where our small world of nature and yours truly meet. My husband has had English Setters for well over 50 years. They are the best excuse for spending many hours in the woods. I have gone too many, many times. To me in particular it’s about being in nature and about watching the dog hunting. I truly do not care if Del gets a bird (grouse or woodcock)! It’s about the woods and the dog. Or it’s about watching in awe as “our” owl takes a bath in our backyard pond system that came with our house. Or watching a bald Eagle soar by our kitchen window so close that I could easily see each feather. That was a magical day.”

If you won a giveaway please email your mailing address to me at [email protected]

Last night’s video: Stone-Ground Cornbread in Appalachia


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    November 27, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    I loved todays quote. Give me the simple life!

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    Barbara Parker
    November 25, 2021 at 12:11 am


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    November 24, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I wish everyone here at BP&A a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    Stay safe. We will enjoy the day with loved ones and giving thanks for our blessings.

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    Matt Laminack
    November 24, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    This sounds like a really good book. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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    Janette Auditor
    November 24, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    That Loyal fella sounds like good people o me. I would really like to read his book!

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    Jenny Young
    November 24, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Oh I love this quote. Such a great way to live.

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    November 24, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Once again, a BIG THANK YOU, Tipper!

    Thank you for making us mindful of thanksgiving and its importance in our lives.

    May you and the the Pressleys and Granny Wilson and everyone in Brasstown and here at the BP&A have a wonderful, happy, peaceful Thanksgiving.

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    Donna Brewton
    November 24, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    I’ve ordered Loyal Jones’ book to give a Red Hat friend in our Christmas gift drawing. I’d love to win this one for me. Thanks, yes you’re the best !

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    November 24, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Can you say, “Thirty-three tom turkeys tripping trepidly through the thistles”?

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      November 24, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      Jackie-that is a hard one 🙂

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    November 24, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Ecclesiastes 7:16
    Do not be overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

    Romans 12:3 (New Living Translation)
    …, Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, …

    I have said many times, “If I never amount to anything else, I can always serve as a bad example for the pastor’s sermon.”

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    Freida Pearce
    November 24, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for so many things, health of my family, shelter, food and warmth. So very thankful that I have my faith and the belief in God’s grace. As I cook today, in preparation for our family gathering tomorrow, I am thankful for the memories I treasure of family members who are gone….but not forgotten. Country people who taught me to appreciate good times and prepare for tough times. Also….very thankful for the memories that you bring to my mind each time I watch your channel.

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    November 24, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Congratulations to the winners and hope they enjoy the books you recommend as I have through the years. I am absolutely fascinated by the wisdom of Loyal Jones. It has always been a part of Appalachia for those who gain wisdom to share it with those smart enough to pay attention. Proverbs in the Bible is full of wisdom we can learn. This may seem controversial, but I personally think you can be smart without being wise but never gain actual wisdom without being smart. Probably only makes sense to me, but I study people closely.

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    November 24, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Venison loin for the holiday and thankful for it.

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    Robert Wasmer
    November 24, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Thank you for all you do through your blogs to keep the the culture of Appalachia alive. I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. Keep up the good work!

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    November 24, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Congratulations to the winners as I think ya all will really enjoy your books! I so agree with Loyal Jones statement “pretty realistic view of ourselves, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We temper everything with humor that reflects the human condition as we see it.” I’m so glad that I can laugh at myself. I enjoyed the video of the corn being milled at Clay’s Corner and today of your video on using the fresh cornmeal and making a pone of cornbread. I have always loved cornbread!! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!

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    Valeri K Feinbloom
    November 24, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Just a quick note to tell you that I’m thankful for you and your family. I appreciate that you take the time to share your lives, interests and hobbies. It restores a little bit of my faith in humanity, knowing that there are still kind folks around. Much thanks, and many hugs.

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    Sharon Cole
    November 24, 2021 at 9:51 am

    This is why I love mountain people. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Tipper!

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    Sandra Henderson
    November 24, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Another wonderful book that I’ve not read. Congratulations to all the winners! This has been a fun giveaway. I enjoyed each day! However, you always start my day on the right foot and give me things to think about. Haooy thanksgiving!
    I just rode with the girls for the last trip to the grocery store…they said they’d save me a yeast roll or two and some venison for sliders.

    (Love their videos!)

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    Ron Stephens
    November 24, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Congratulations to each of the winners. You are creating a lot of thankfulness in Thankful Novemver, Tipper. And the Lord is well pleased when we are thankful, even in (and maybe especially in?) “little” things because they require a more tender-hearted spirit.

    I am thankful for whoever mentioned on here the other day. I found and ordered two copies of “Return the Innocent Earth” last night. The price was low and shipping was free. Probably dangerous for me to know. (smile)

    I am thinking beyond Thanksgiving and so wanting to make a Christmas wreath with woods greenery. I thought this morning about using galax. It would make such a beautiful wreath of bright, shiny green, old bronze and deep red wine color. I have my eye on some mistletoe and I think the gray-green of lavender, lamb’s ear or sage would look good to. I’m thinking of too many things…

    Tipper, do you all gather woods greenery for Christmas decorations? Maybe that would make a good post topic next month, just a thought.

    Wishing each of you all a blessed Thanksgiving, especially those who are in the shadow of trouble.

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    November 24, 2021 at 8:29 am

    “Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed!” I see this phrase on many home décor pieces nowadays, but it is truly how I feel. Happy Thanksgiving to all y’all!

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    Denise R
    November 24, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Love this quote!! We all need to apply this to our life more since the world we live in, with its expectations, can be a little too much to bear.

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    Lori Hughes
    November 24, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Congratulations to all of the winners, may you spend many hours enjoying your books Appalachian values should be taught in every school in the world. We would be a much better place

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    Larry Paul Eddings
    November 24, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Loyal Jones beautifully described the common mindset of so many folks that call Appalachia home.

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    Deb Sea
    November 24, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Congratulations to all the winners! Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!! God’s blessings to all y’all!

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    Maggie Dent
    November 24, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Good morning Tipper.
    Do you have your turkey thawing in the fridge? I ask everyone that question because one year I forgot to take it out of the deep freeze. On Thanksgiving morning, my Momma called me and said what time are you going to put your bird in the oven.
    …..OVEN????? It was still in the freezer. I needed my sink for other things, so, I had a nice clean bathtub…..yep i filled it up and put my turkey in the bathtub to thaw. (It was still in the wrapping) LOL
    Dinner was promptly served at 7PM. HA HA
    That was 40 years ago. I was a young bride. In my mid twenties. Momma never told anyone I thawed it in the bathtub. I miss my Momma.

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      November 24, 2021 at 8:35 am

      Maggie-I do have mine thawing 🙂 I love the story about you and your sweet Momma.

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    Martha D Justice
    November 24, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Congratulations to all the winners ! Just another blessing to be Thankful for.. Happy Thanksgiving friends

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    Miss Cindy
    November 24, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to Tipper who gives a moment of peace and sanity every day during these crazy times!
    I love you, Tipper, your the best!

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