“Conform and be dull.”
J. Frank Dobie, 1888-1964
American folklorist and writer from Texas
View from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain
“Ancient haze lies on the mountain
smoke-blue, strange and still
a presence that eludes the mind and
moves through a deeper kind of knowing.
It is nature’s breath and more –
an aura from the great I Am
that gathers to its own
spirits that have gone before.
Deep below the valley waters
eerie and hid from view
the atom splits without a sound
its own trace a fine blue glow
rising from the fissioned whole
and at its core
power that commands the will
quiet that strikes the soul,
‘Be still and know . . . I Am.’”
Marilou Awiakta, b. 1936
Cherokee/Appalachian writer and storyteller
Farmhouse Gallery, Unicoi
“Many men have been just as troubled
morally and spiritually as you are right now.
Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles.
You’ll learn from them–if you want to.
Just as someday, if you have something to offer,
someone will learn something from you.
It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement.
And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
The Catcher In The Rye