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6/15/06 11:18 am - jaguarpaddler - Dolly Sods, June 13, 2006.

Tuesday was the kind of day you think about in January when you're thinking you'll never see the sun again. The sky was clear, a cool breeze made walking pleasant.

The day began with lunch at The Purple Fiddle. It was good, but there's a reason we save Sirianni's for post-hike eating.

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4/10/06 06:44 pm - moonwyllow - WV in Vanity Fair

Hi all,
In case you are interested, this months Vanity Fair that went to the stands today is their first "Green Issue" focusing on problems our planet is facing environmentally such as Global Warming and Mountain Top Removal. The writer did an excellent job and the photographs are amazing.

2/8/06 07:14 pm - jaguarpaddler - Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. 01.22.06

We go to Ohiopyle once a week, sometimes more frequently. I think that my familiarity with the place has forced me to look for newness in the details. As a writer I realize that there always has to be a new perspective. Has to be. Otherwise you're just repeating what somebody's already said.

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Funny story about this picture. The kayak used to belong to the owner's ex. Now it's a reminder.

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2/5/06 12:46 pm - jaguarpaddler - Just thought I'd introduce myself.

This trip was to Elk Rocks overlooking the Youghiogheny River near Dunbar, Pa.

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1/28/06 11:04 pm - satanicanimalx

Hi! I found this community through an interests search. I'm Brandi, twenty-one, and currently living in Georgia. I've had a love-hate relationship with my Appalachian roots for a long time, but I'm thinking it's swinging toward the love side lately.

I'm originally from Lincoln County, WV. My family has been in that area for many, many generations of coal miners, even before the whole Hatfield-McCoy business. I guess the hate part of what I feel for West Virginia is due mostly to the attitudes of many of my relatives. It's like they have no idea what goes on in the outside world. Then I think about how close everyone is, how beautiful the mountain is... and there's the love part of it. I wish I could go back, at least to visit, but unfortunately I haven't been able to for awhile.

I look forward to being part of this community!

12/19/05 04:04 pm - proteales - Urgent!!

This doesn't have to do with this community, but i'm posting this wherever i think people will take action!

Over the weekend Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) attached his Arctic drilling proposal to the Department of Defense appropriations bill. This bill is meant to provide funds for our military, and relief to those who were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Stevens is hopeful that other Senators will now support Arctic drilling because it is linked to these two critical issues for America.

In the early hours of Monday morning, the House of Representatives, after having been in session all weekend to wrap up their business for the year, passed the Department of Defense appropriation bill. It included Senator Stevens' provision for drilling in America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

This is a cynical ploy by Senator Stevens and it is imperative that funding for our troops, and relief for Katrina victims not be held hostage by his unethical attempt to open America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

The House has gone home for the holidays, but the Senate will make its decision on this bill in the next 2 days! Please call your Senators now and ask them to oppose any attempt to open America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. To locate your Senator, click on http://en.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=URLTracker&cmd=track&j=55514793&u=514605

12/3/05 02:51 pm - queenofthanite - Hello =)

I have decided to create a community solely for the purpose of broadcasting Code Amber alerts. There is no need to join the community unless you wish to do so. Just simply "friend" the community and you will recieve the Amber alerts on your friend's page!!

I will also be putting up some other helpful links & news periodically, but they will be dated in the future so that they will stay at the top of the page to be easily accessable for visitors of the community! Therefore, you will not receive them on your friends page....so be sure to visit often!! Thank you for your concern in saving a child's life!!

7/28/05 03:32 pm - proteales - URGENT ACTION ALERT

i thought this worthy of posting here:

ENERGY BILL ---- Another Slap in the Face of American Values

Please Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on the Energy Bill

It is probably too late to reach your Representatives on this issue. I just called Washington, DC and the House was voting on this outrageous bill. But I hope you all will take the time to read this and act by calling your Senators. In the wee hours of the morning two days ago, House and Senate negotiators agreed on an energy bill that does not meaningfully address our energy challenges. To make matters worse, this compromise bill will do real harm to our public lands, and to the environment generally, especially in oil and gas producing states. Despite the fact that the language of the agreement - over 1,700 pages long - has only recently become available, the bill's supporters are hoping to schedule votes on the flawed legislation by the end of this week. They hope to get it to President Bush before legislators leave for their August recess. We need your help immediately to stop this bill from moving forward so quickly.


This energy bill is appallingly flawed. It gives the oil and gas industry exemptions from bedrock environmental laws that were designed to protect our land, waters and communities. It exempts oil and gas construction activities from the Clean Water Act, and it creates a loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act that allows oil and gas companies to inject fluids laced with contaminants into oil and gas wells that penetrate underground aquifers. It also makes it easier to exclude a broad range of oil and gas drilling activities from the National Environmental Policy Act - a law that is designed to ensure balance, common sense, and openness in federal decision making. Although the bill does not - for now - authorize oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge, it does require that another Arctic area with important wildlife values - Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve - be completely sacrificed for oil and gas development.

The bill is also a financial disaster for taxpayers - although not for industry. The bill showers the electricity, coal, nuclear, natural gas and oil industries with at least $8.5 billion in tax breaks and billions more in loan guarantees and other subsidies. And instead of moving us forward toward a clean and sustainable energy future, the final version of the bill dropped provisions that would have required utilities to generate at least 10 percent of their electricity through renewable fuels by 2020, and that would have required oil savings of one million barrels by 2015.

Just as outrageous is the process through which this bill is moving forward. The bill's supporters are asking Congress to vote without giving it adequate time to thoughtfully review the fifteen hundred page bill. To ask our legislators to rush though a bill of this magnitude is wrong and irresponsible. Our representatives, and the American people, deserve better.

Tell your senators that Americans deserve a better energy bill. Ask them to take the necessary time to really evaluate this bill's shortcomings and to do what it takes to fix it. And tell them that if asked to vote now, he or she must vote no.

This bill does not have the strong conservation measures that America needs in any realistic energy bill. Everyone should know by now that we can never drill our way out of oil dependence. We must start investing in renewable energy sources and this bill fails miserably in that direction. Instead, it provides billions in taxpayer dollars as subsidies to mature, already highly profitable multi-national corporations. Instead of investing in technologies that could lessen our dependence on oil, this bill would risk the environment of vast areas in the West to for the purpose of exploration and development that cannot significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Our country must do better than this.

This is not an energy bill. It’s an insulting attack on our public land, water, and air so that the big corporations can make more money.

PLEASE !!!!! ACT NOW!!!!!

Call your Senators today and urge them to vote NO on this. Find both of your Senators phone numbers at this website:


A phone call makes much more of an impression than an email. And we need to make this a priority issue.

5/26/05 08:32 am - alchea

Appalachia in brown eyes
By Sarah Kucharski
Smoky Mountain News

It was about 10 years ago, sometime in my mid-teens — post-driver’s license, pre-high school graduation — I first heard performance poet, writer and educator doris davenport read at Western Carolina University.

The event itself was non-descript, some late evening women’s celebration or, more likely, part of a series designed to give the illusion of nightlife on campus.

Probably the same series that provided a date spot for me and a guy named Aaron. We both walked away with door prize, glow-in-the-dark coffee mugs — and not a lot else. From what I hear he’s married now, or well on his way to it. So it goes.

But anyway — back to doris.

She read from what was, at the time, her newest book of poems voodoo chile: slight return — she has an affinity for e.e. cummings-esque capitalizations, or lack thereof. The work was a collection of ruminations at least one critic called “an arsenal of transgressive strategies — extemporaneous spelling and spacing, wit, self-parody, surprising rhymes, repetition, unpredictable line breaks — which reflect the performative nature of the poem but also guide the reader to hearing the words even on the page.”

Minus the big words, the translation is as such: she doesn’t just write poems, she becomes poems.

Growing up in northeast Georgia, davenport was a part of the unique Affrilachian culture — a term created by Frank X. Walker to describe the African American “native,” born and raised in Appalachia.

“I think it also means, for me, one who loves the area, even if she or he cannot or does not live there any longer,” davenport said. “The beauty of the area and the mountain ‘culture’ is a part of my personal belief system. I feel a deep, deep passion for all of the Southern Mountains, and only wish I could be there, live there, somewhere in Western Carolina actually, permanently.”

davenport, who will read at City Lights Bookstore at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, has drawn from her Affrilachian upbringing for her past two books of poetry Soque Street Poems and the just released madness like morning glories. However, where the works differ is in their degree of concentration.

“madness is all about the people in the areas where I grew up. My earlier books address a range of topics, not just my Affrilachian communities,” davenport said. “What I accomplish in madness, as well as in Soque Street Poems, is to re-create a certain time and culture, with affection, humor, and ‘poetic license.’ I preserved that culture, like a poetic anthropologist: many of the poems are factual.”

In madness like morning glories davenport reconnects with Soque Street and its Affrilachian residents in a world where magic is woven into daily life, and the living and dead commune. The book’s title comes from “Ceremony for Soque Street” which conveys the mystical nature of the community — a place where ghosts, self-propelled caskets and sensate trees are an everyday occurrence.

“I think it means something like just as morning glories are ordinary, and gloriously, quietly beautiful, so too, the ‘madness’ in these poems and in these people, is ordinary and glorious,” davenport said. “Plus, I like the alliterative rhythm of the phrase.”

Ordinary and glorious. Like our mountains, like lightning bugs, like what makes us so uniquely us, but can be so easily overlooked, dismissed as just being the way it is. It’s nothing profound. It’s just seeing the same thing we’ve seen a million times before from a different angle.

“Everything and anything can be, has been, and is, ‘subject matter’ for poetry. If new writers and poets just look around, listen and keep their eyes open to the daily wondrous, to the transcendent in the ordinary, then they too will see those subjects and possibilities,” davenport said. “For instance, I was at a filling station in Sylva one early evening and some people rushed in, all scary looking and lost. They were ‘city folk,’ trying to find Asheville. Their intensity became the subject of a poem.”

Intensity is a good word for davenport. It’s something she absorbs and evokes. Her use of words and appreciation for how those words translate into movement — both for the body and the mind — bring about more than a poet at a podium, lip servicing inked words from beige pages. Her words are interactive via the energy she uses to convey them to the responses she gets from listeners.

“I do enjoy feeling the various audiences’ responses,” davenport said. “Frequently that concern is a part of my writing. The ‘performance’ angle, for me, enhances the ‘communication’ angle. When a person in the audience smiles or laughs or grunts or has a light appear in her or his eyes, then, at that moment, I feel as if my life as a poet has achieved its purpose.”


4/25/05 11:46 pm - sapphirescarlet - The Park at the end of my street

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