“When thou haply seest Some rare noteworthy object in thy travel”

My life here in the frigid middle of January feels like I've been binge-watching an Adam Sandler marathon while trying to stomach a Banquet Microwavable Chicken Pot Pie that was taken out of the oven after just over a minute-and-a-half -- addlepated with an unshakable feeling of general disappointment. (As an aside, how hungry do … Continue reading “When thou haply seest Some rare noteworthy object in thy travel”

Migration: From Southern Appalachia to Northern Cascades Part 2

Skagit County Circa 1906, Darrington is just over the southern county line Welcome back for part two of our series on the migration of people from Western North Carolina (WNC) to the Pacific Northwest (PNW). In the first blog we covered the national moment, laying historical context for what would become the westward migration of … Continue reading Migration: From Southern Appalachia to Northern Cascades Part 2

Migration: From Southern Appalachia to Northern Cascades Part 1

Jackson County North Carolina Randle Washington, Lewis County Humans have an innate ability to move locations; from the very early days of humanoid existence, we have been wanderers. Our early survival depended on being nomadic; following our food source, hunting and gathering along the way. Domestication and city building did not stop our wandering ways. … Continue reading Migration: From Southern Appalachia to Northern Cascades Part 1

‘Tis the season for many celebrations!

December. It's such a full month! There's Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve. And all of Advent,  St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Las Posadas, Pancha Ganapati, Yule, Boxing Day, Hogmanay, and even Hogswatch and Festivus! I cannot tell a lie. I'm a sucker for holidays. I love all the customs, ceremonies, symbols, decorations, … Continue reading ‘Tis the season for many celebrations!

Kanopy

To celebrate the newly kindled partnership between Fontana Regional Library and the video streaming service Kanopy, let’s explore a few of the classics that we now have access to. But first, what is Kanopy? Kanopy started as a DVD rental company in Australia in 2008 that distributed to national school libraries. As technology advanced and … Continue reading Kanopy

Nonfiction for November

I have to admit, I choose fiction over non-fiction writing most of the time.  Since my life is non-fiction, my inclination is to “escape” some of the “fun” of politics, mass shootings, celebrity scandals, and cleaning up cat vomit. HOWEVER…sometimes the non-fiction is good enough to pull me in.  So I’ll share a couple of … Continue reading Nonfiction for November

Summer Music Memories

If you have ever been a listener to popular music, you’ve probably had the experience of “summer” music – when a song or an album becomes identified with the summer season. It might be even be a particular summer – the summer just after high school graduation, or the summer you got your first full-time … Continue reading Summer Music Memories

“What do y’all want to be called?”

[Excerpt: When All God’s Children Get Together, "Segregation Woes and New Life Today"] by Ann Miller Woodford Ann Miller Woodford is our guest contributor to this Shelf Life in the Mountains. She is a native of Andrews, NC, and is an author, artist, speaker, and founder/Executive Director of One Dozen Who Care, Inc., a community … Continue reading “What do y’all want to be called?”

Watch it now: Embrace of the Serpent

Recently, a friend heartily recommended that I watch a film called Embrace of the Serpent after discussing one of my favorites, Aguirre the Wrath of God, written, directed, and produced by Werner Herzog. Both of the titles mentioned above present a strikingly similar plot in the same geographic location: the Amazonian jungle. Aguirre and Embrace … Continue reading Watch it now: Embrace of the Serpent