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Localizing National News

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

I have to ask. Are Western North Carolinians so shallow that they won’t pay attention to a news story unless it has some local angle?
For two days in a row this past week, the Asheville Citizen-Times had what I consider bizarre renderings of national news stories on the front page.
Here was a front page […]

Asheville Citizen-Times: “Theremin enthusiasts gather to play music”

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

You may recall last month I wrote about an instrument called the Theremin, which is an electronic instrument played by waving your hands between a couple of (I guess) antennae. Anyway, imagine my surprise to discover that Theremins are manufactured in nearby Asheville. Check out this story about a convention (of sorts) […]

More FallsBlogging: Whitewater Falls

Monday, July 11th, 2005

Another out-of-town guest, another trip to the falls. This time, we visited one we’d never been to before, Whitewater Falls, which is about 30 to 40 miles south of us, on the NC-SC border.
Two things about Whitewater Falls form somewhat of a paradox.
1) It appears that you can’t take a bad picture of […]

Sweet iced tea

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Our local paper had an article today entitled “Sweet iced tea: A Southern summertime tradition”. Now I may take exception to the “summertime” part (I am happy to drink sweet tea all year round), but otherwise, I think sweet tea is a wonderful topic to write about.
Why Yankees have never mastered the proper order […]

Dulcimers!

Monday, June 20th, 2005

It’s Mountain Dulcimer Week at Western, which means there are tons of dulcimer players of all sorts on campus, participating in various workshops. If you’re unfamiliar with the mountain dulcimer, it’s a stringed instrument that has its roots in the Appalachians. Here’s a nice picture that shows some typical-looking mountain dulcimers. But […]

FallsBlogging

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

One of my old high school band buddies (and first college roommate) came to visit this weekend. And my parents were in town as well. So we took the opportunity for some sightseeing.
One of our favorite outings with guests is to visit a couple of nearby waterfalls in the Nantahala National […]

MountainBlogging

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

Just got back from the North Carolina Homeschool Conference (more on that in a later post). Mom and Dad kept the daughter up in Avery County, NC, near Grandfather Mountain while we attended the conference in Winston-Salem.
This morning, we decided to do the tourist thing on Grandfather before heading back to Cullowhee. […]

State Math Test Drops the Ball on Football Question

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

In this morning’s Asheville Citizen-Times was a story about a math question on our state seventh-grade test. I couldn’t find an online version from our local paper, but here’s a link to the story in Greensboro’s News-Record. A summary from the story:

On an end-of-grade test this month, seventh-graders had to calculate the average […]

Tourism Advice from a seven-year-old

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Our neighbors went to visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville today. The Biltmore, a palatial mansion and accompanying grounds, was a vacation home for the Vanderbilts earlier this century. I just read in the Citizen-Times that it is the number one tourist destination in North Carolina.
Anyway, before our neighbors left, my daughter offered […]

East Waynesville Baptist — the story ends …

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

… as quickly as it began. The pastor at the East Waynesville Baptist church resigned Tuesday night.
As I suspected, there is another side to the story. The pastor claims that nobody was thrown out for voting for Kerry. An interesting take on all this drama can be found at Christianity Today’s Weblog. […]

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