Guest Post on AppalachianHistory.net

Today I’m sending you off to check out my guest post on Dave Tabler’s Appalachian History site. Throughout the month of October, he’s hosting a fun, spooky series of post all about Appalachia and I’m delighted to be participating. Dave’s site is a gold mind of story ideas about my favorite mountains. Sometimes I getContinue reading “Guest Post on AppalachianHistory.net”

Appalachian Thursday – Feeling Lucky?

Have you ever knocked on wood? Or avoided walking under a ladder? I think we’re all at least a smidge superstitious. But Appalachia makes a veritable sport of it! And in this year when everything seems bound to go wrong I was thinking . . . what the heck? Let’s throw some superstition into theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Feeling Lucky?”

Appalachian Thursday – Bloodstoppers

Ever get a cut that just won’t stop bleeding? Or a nose bleed that goes on and on? Or maybe your dog cut his paw and you can’t figure out how to get the blood to stop! I know . . . yuck. But there are some Appalachian remedies/superstitions that could be just the ticketContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Bloodstoppers”

Appalachian Thursday – A Hard Winter

It definitely feels like summer today in the mountains of Western NC. But even as I sweat, I’m noticing signs pointing toward a rough winter. Last week I saw my first wooly worm. All black. This morning I saw another just the same. Acorns are already falling and the walnuts are abundant this year asContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – A Hard Winter”

Appalachian Thursday – Bee Hunting

Honeybees aren’t native to WV, but they came to the state with European settlers and, escaping their hives, decided to settle in themselves. Locals soon discovered the sweet treat inside the wild hives and began developing techniques for discovering bee trees. Of course, bees aren’t what you’d call sneaky and when traveling home to theirContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Bee Hunting”

Appalachian Thursday – Dog Days

You’ve almost certainly heard this time of year referred to as the “dog days” of summer. But do you know WHY it’s called that? I always thought it’s because this hot, muggy time of year isn’t hardly fit for a dog. And I had a professor in college who talked about the humidity of lateContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Dog Days”

Appalachian Thursday – Brown Mountain Lights

I love mysteries and unexplained phenomenon. Miracles even. Lately I’ve been reading about the Brown Mountain Lights–a mysterious occurrence people sometimes see on a mountain about an hour east of where I live in NC. Brown Mountain is in the Linville Gorge near Morganton, NC, and there are two popular overlooks for folks wanting toContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Brown Mountain Lights”

Appalachian Thursday – Spring Planting (by the signs)

It’s finally March and while we still have redbud, dogwood, and blackberry winters to go (at a minimum), country folks are thinking about plowing the garden. When I was a kid my father and one of the more mature ladies of the church would have pretty much the same “discussion” every spring. She believed stronglyContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Spring Planting (by the signs)”

Appalachian Thursday – Mountain Monsters

North America has Bigfoot. Nepal has the Abominable Snowman. Ireland their Banshees. Everywhere you go, there are monster stories. Well, West Virginia is not one to be left out. My home state has several mythical monsters of its own. Our uniquely Appalachian monsters include . . . The Mothman – This is the legend thatContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Mountain Monsters”