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Folk Tales As Literature

Folk Tales As Literature

Although it is true that the printed page cannot compete with the spoken word in transmitting the spell of the folk tale, it is also true that, in both transcribed and transmuted form, the folk tale has been an important creative force in Southern literature. And...

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The Poopampareno

The Poopampareno

Deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina, there was a  man who was a great hunter but got to thinking he could do without the faithful dogs that had always helped him.  Their names were Rambo and Bingo, and one day he left them shut up behind a high picket...

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A Colorful Experience

A Colorful Experience

Fall or Autumn – whatever you like to call it, Lake Santeetlah is ready to welcome you with cooler weather, brighter colors, and awesome adventures. Leaf peepers, hikers, bikers, fishermen and travelers come to the Smoky Mountains from all over the world to experience...

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The Ungrateful Constituent

The Ungrateful Constituent

The story of the ungrateful constituent has become a classic among politicians.  Its moral is – never take your political support for granted. It is the story of Farmer Jones.  It opens with a long chronicle of the political favors done for Farmer Jones over the...

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Mostly About A Boy Named Jack

Mostly About A Boy Named Jack

The story of the ungrateful constituent has become a classic among politicians.  Its moral is – never take your political support for granted. It is the story of Farmer Jones.  It opens with a long chronicle of the political favors done for Farmer Jones over the...

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No Matter The Name

No Matter The Name

With ghosts and witches and talking animals folk tales step from the adults’ porch or parlor into the nursery.  Although children’s folk and fairy tales are typically told for amusement during leisure hours, one occasionally hears of their being used, like songs, to...

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The Language of Signs

The Language of Signs

White Mule, Cawn Likker, Shine, Moon, et al.  Regardless of alias this sequence simply means the raw, new, colorless, distilled product of fermented corn mash, sugar and water.  If well made, of decent materials in a proper still, with the fusel oil rectified out, and...

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The Test

The Test

In general, signs are of two kinds – warning signs, the unnatural signs which indicate effects to follow, on the basis that coming events cast their shadows before them (omens, portents) and luck signs good or bad, which indicate observances (charms, cures, sometimes...

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Oh, Bartender!

Oh, Bartender!

A stranger came once from Virginia to these hills of Western North Carolina to a house of one of these kinfolks and announced to one of the hillbilly that he was a brother-in-law. “You are?” asked the hillbilly. “I am” said the Virginian “Can your wife tell through a...

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