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Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:24

Archery lessons with James Dickey

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During the course of a recent interview for a literary magazine, I was asked: While in grad school at the…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:16

Walking a mountain gives it life

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Hiking a designated trail involves prescribed origins and destinations, whether it be a four-mile jaunt from Clingman’s Dome to Siler’s…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:11

A first-hand account of the Indian wars

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I spent some time last week reading about the 18th-century Indian wars in Western North Carolina. These were the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:02

Tragedy and the Ghost Dance’s demise

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(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance.) A recent column focused on…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 20:47

Oil lamps are useful… and nostalgic

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Editor’s note: The second installment in George Ellison’s research into the Ghost Dance has been delayed due to the inability…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:22

Ghost Dance has a long history in Cherokee

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(Note: This is part one of a two-part series regarding the Cherokee Ghost Dance. Part two will present Michelene Ethe…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:25

Dogs that make our lives whole

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If you don’t like dogs, come back next week. Dogs have been an integral part of my life since I…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:11

Nothing like old-time boardinghouses

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Are there boardinghouses still operating here in the Smokies region? There are, of course, hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts, and motels galore.…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:38

Coming across words to remember

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Editor’s note: George Ellison is snowed in without an Internet connection. This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 21:02

A special place in the heart of arborists

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Winter is the season for thinking about pines. For the ancient Orientals, pines signified dignity and vitality, especially in old…
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:45

A family full of marriage, but not quite bliss

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Editor’s note: This George Ellison column was first published in December 2004. Most everyone agrees that marriage is a noble…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:54

Big fish of the Smokies

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Each of us inhabits several landscapes. On the one hand, there is our everyday exterior topographic landscape. We call it…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 21:34

Noticing the little things of winter

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Editor’s note: George Ellison, like many in the mountains, was snowed in and unable to get an internet connection. This…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:09

Images etched in memory for a lifetime

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I am fascinated by those images from the natural world that remain with us for a lifetime — almost as…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:30

The creek outside my window

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I write this from my “office” (a spare room) at home. Looking out the window, I can see the creek…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 19:51

A story about darkness, light and the red bird

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Ho down down … Ho down dee Red bird dancin in custody Way down in New Orleans. Ho down down…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:43

A father’s influence

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Horace Kephart (1862-1931) was the author of Our Southern Highlanders, Camp Cookery, Sporting Firearms, Camping and Woodcraft, Smoky Mountain Magic,…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:14

Where the buffalo roam

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Buffalo Branch ... Buffalo Creek ... Buffalo Cove ... all are common place names that indicate the prior residence of…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:10

One fine mountain poet

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Allow me to introduce you to a friend of mine. His name is Han Shan. He is among the finest…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:53

Witch-hazel’s name — A botanical mystery

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The unusually dry, warm days this month have resulted in a delayed color season as well as an abundance of…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:34

Region’s kaolin history is nearly forgotten

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One of the more interesting stories concerning this region is that of the kaolin mining industry. It began more than…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:35

The smells of autumn

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Fall is the odiferous time of the year. I don’t possess a very discriminating sense of smell, but certain fragrances…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:37

Dialect of the southern highlands

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I’m no expert on regional linguistics, but through the years I have delighted in the dialect English still spoken here…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:57

‘Jack of all trades’ common in Appalachia

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Here in the Smokies region “making do” isn’t a lost art. Most “country” men and women can still “get along”…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 20:01

Mica — from art to technology

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“Oh, what is that shiny stuff in the rocks?” someone will ask during any sort of outing. And invariably, someone…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:41

From the composition book…

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Saturday morning … sitting alone at the kitchen table … nothing much going on … looking out the window ……
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:31

A coyote in the yard

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Monday morning … 9:15 or so … suddenly the coyote was there … as if from out of nowhere ……
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 19:26

It’s hot, and the lizards are in heaven

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The sweltering heat this summer is restricting some outdoor activities, but it’s a prime time for lizard watching. Lizards don’t…
Monday, 30 August 2010 14:12

A unique old time reporter

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Many characters surface in stories related to Horace Kephart, regional author and one of the founders of the Great Smoky…
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 14:00

The secretive, intelligent and prolific crow

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Like most commonly observed objects, crows flit across our field of vision unheeded. Caw-caw-cawing unmusically … flap-flap-flapping over the fields…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:19

Blooms in the southern mountains

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Each July since 1991, I’ve led field trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway offered as part of the Native Plants…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 21:01

Rekindling memories of High Rocks

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This is about a place, High Rocks, a lookout situated at just over 5,000 feet on Welch Ridge in the…
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:13

Secret poems of the Cherokee

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I have always been struck by the sacred formulas (chants or incantations) that the Cherokee medicine men used to create…
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 14:53

Beekeeping in the mountains

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Editor’s note: This column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in June 2003. Honey was a primary sweetening agent…
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 13:29

An ongoing preservation

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This past week, we took our 11-year-old granddaughter, Daisy, who is visiting from Colorado, to the Cherokee Indian Village. She…
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 19:59

Rediscovering inspiration

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In the mid-1970s my primary writing interest was poetry. I was consumed night and day by poetry for perhaps five…
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 12:34

A place called home

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One doesn’t tire of certain places. Even though they inevitably change through the years, they become more than friends. The…
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 13:19

Do you know where you live?

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One of the handouts I use during natural history workshops is headed “Southern Blue Ridge Province: Geographic Location and Influences.”…
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 15:18

The cuckoo, both elusive and beautiful

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This past weekend marked the 26th annual Great Smokies Birding Expedition, a gathering of onrnithologically-inclined friends. On Saturdays, to get…
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 15:14

Celebrating Kephart, and his teacup

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This past weekend marked the second annual Horace Kephart celebration in Bryson City. There was a terrific presentation of newly…
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 17:37

Admiration, maybe, but no love for the boar

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Numerous non-native plants have been introduced into the southern mountains during the last century or so. Many are now classified…
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:37

Kephart’s persona was well crafted

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Our consideration of “books and all things related” continues with a look at an instance when a well-known author (and…
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:37

Remembering when books were magic

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We’re still at it—considering books and related matters like shelving strategies, bookplates, home libraries, favorite books, and “How do we…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

Iconic drugstore to interesting bookstore

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We’re been considering books and related matters like shelving, bookplates, home libraries, favorite books, and (last week’s topic) — “How…
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:01

The art of choosing the next book

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Of late, we’ve been considering books. The feedback (mostly email) from readers to recent columns regarding books in general, book…
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 19:03

Imagining a one-book library

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The feedback (mostly email) from readers to recent columns regarding books in general, book shelving strategies, and bookplates has been…
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 18:34

Book lovers and our new bookplates

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Several weeks ago, I devoted a column to the complicated science of book shelving. Not a few readers responded —…
My weekly deadline is looming. I’m not sure how this is going to turn out. But I’ve been thinking about…
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:12

The calm of a winter’s night

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It’s Saturday night as I write this .... going on toward midnight. I read the thermometer mounted outside the kitchen…