Sunday, December 27, 2015

Episode 9 - Celebrate!

Word of the Day - Celebrate

Why Leslie thinks it is silly to be offended when someone wishes you a happy holiday.
"Breaking Up Christmas" - An Appalachian tradition
Old Christmas
Appalachian Christmas Folklore
Christmas
When Americans didn't celebrate Christmas
Hanukkah
Kwanzaa
Boxing Day
Yule
Yaida and Mithril
DŇćngzhi Festival

A Little Sweet...

Leslie is working on Quill by Jared Flood from Brooklyn Tweed's Spring Thaw Collection
Hap Shawl history

A Little Tart...

Stories of a West Virginia Family

A celebration of family and childhood in the 50s and 60s in West Virginia.

Quotes:

“When we are content and secure in ourselves, it leaves with having no desire to set ourselves up as superior to anyone else. When we simply celebrate our own individuality we allow others to do the same.” - Angie Karan Krezos

“The role of Cherishing in Bereavement - I think that the key to healthy grieving is to cherish those who have passed on, so that you celebrate their lives and the times you did have together with thankfulness, instead of trying to cling on and wish that things were different. I believe that you should let them go in peace with love, not try to hang on to their spirits, just hold the precious moments gently in your heart.”   - Jay Woodman

A Little Unexpected...

A profound joke and a special Christmas letter.

Your hosts wind things up and Beth gets put on the spot for the word of the day for next time.

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Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Episode 8 - Fear

Word of the Day - Fear

The Tragedy of Pearl Harbor, discussion about types of fear, experiences of fear (Beth had several) and phobias.

A Little Sweet...

Leslie has been making fingerless mits and hats!
Stories of a West Virginia Family by the Almonds
Beth tells about the book launch of the book by the Almond siblings, Stories of a West Virginia Family. Also reports on the wonderful activities revolving around the Reynolds Homestead Victorian Christmas.

A Little Tart...

We revisit the book discussed in the last episode, Zealot by Reza Aslan.

Quotes:

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." - Alexander Pope

A Little Unexpected...

"Do one thing every day that scares you." - Eleanor Roosevelt

“I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.” - Woody Allen

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is really fear.” - Gandhi

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” - John Lennon

Your hosts wind things up and the discussion leads to the word of the day for next time.

Music Attribution
Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Episode 7 - Zealot

Word of the Day - Zealot

Word suggested by listener Nancy Anne Loudin - thank you!

Much discussion and some disagreement about the meaning of zealot, with some history of the early Jewish Zealots in the first century. Bible quotes from Beth on zeal - Romans 10:1-2 and Proverbs 19:2.

A Little Sweet...

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Reynolds Homestead, Critz, Virginia, November 21
Reynolds Homestead Volunteer Trip
     Joshua Cox Home near Westfield, North Carolina
     Korner's Folly, Kernersville, North Carolina
Victorian Christmas and Open House, 1st Sunday in December, at Reynolds Homestead

A Little Tart...


Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

The Sound of Glass by Karen White
A Little Unexpected...

Thoughts on the terrorist attacks in Paris

Quote: "Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning." - Frederick William Faber.

Your hosts wind things up and the discussion leads to the word of the day for next time.
Happy thanksgiving!
Music Attribution
Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Episode 6 - Music

Word of the Day - Music

Word suggested by listener Susan Winn Hodges - thank you!

A mountain dulcimer

Much discussion about local music, beginning with traditional mountain music with Scotch-Irish roots, jazz, blues, Patrick County Blues with the Foddrell Family, bluegrass, church music of various styles, late night radio, rock 'n roll, piano lessons, and more.


Rural Music Coalition Facebook Page



Shape notes
A Little Sweet...


A Little Tart...

Body and Soul by Frank Conroy
A Little Unexpected...

Quotes:

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio." - Hunter S. Thompson

“Beethoven tells you what it's like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe.” - Douglas Adams





Your hosts wind things up and another listener word will be discussed next time in two weeks.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Episode 5 - Fiber

Word of the Day - Fiber

Word suggested by listener Bobbie Ashe, thanks!

Fiber for hand spinning or felting. Left to right front: Gray wool, merino, angora/corriedale. Back: Blue Face Leicester
Mainly for our listeners that aren't already involved in the crafts, a quick overview about fiber used to make local yarns, types of wool used to spin and felt, Why local wool yarns aren't itchy like commercial preparations. Why you should spend a little more on good yarn and fiber for your projects. Beth gets to fondle fiber and yarn. A theoretical and quick history of hand spinning and a bit about felting. We didn't mention yurts in our discussion but we should have!

Rising Meadow Farm in Liberty, North Carolina

The Art of Eating, by M. F. K. Fisher
A Little Sweet...

Leslie's catastrophic fail with the Kathleen Sweater


Leslie's completed Lily Mitts, an original Greenberry House design, made in hand dyed fingering weight wool yarn by Woolybuns.

A Little Tart...

Splendid Apparel by Anna Zilboorg
A Little Unexpected...

Recent floods, 28 inches of rain, and the beauty of a Meadows of Dan autumn.

We Bought a WWII Bomber by Sandra Warren
Beth reads a story, "A Fruitcake Theory" by Calvin Trillin, from the book, The Dreaded Feast:Writers on Enduring the Holidays, edited by P. J. O"Rourke and Taylor Plimpton. Your hosts wind things up by asking that a Word of the Day be suggested by a listener. Comment below or on our Facebook page. The first word suggested will be our Word of the Day for next time.

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Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Episode 4 - Journey

Word of the Day - Journey

The girls talk about what journeys they have experienced. Beth speaks of her current medical journey. Leslie talks about the mythology of the hero's journey.

A Little Sweet...

Leslie is still working on the Kathleen sweater.

A Little Tart...

Reviews:

Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
Beth reviews books about journeys by her favorite writers, including River Horse, PrairyErth and Blue Highways and other books by William Least Heat-Moon; A Walk Across America and Along the Edge of America by Peter Jenkins and Blue Highways Revisited by Edgar I Ailor III and Edgar I Ailor IV. Leslie mentions her friend Deb Goodrich, a local girl moved to Kansas and a historian.

A Little Unexpected...

The girls share a special evening spent at The Crooked Road Cafe at the Cockram Mill Complex and talk about the other great restaurants in Meadows of Dan. The history of Cockram Mill is discussed with memories of the Dan River Queen riverboat

The Crooked Road - Virginia's Heritage Music Trail and some of the history of music in the area, including the Bristol sessions and Sammy Shelor. Reynold's Homestead and some activities sharing music of different genres, such at the Second Sunday Music and Jazz on the Lawn.

Your hosts wrap up the show with the word for next time, chosen by a listener and they will return in two weeks with another episode.
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Reverie (small theme)
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featuring Pitx
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Episode 3 - Story

Word of the Day: Story

How mountain people feel about story
Story as the language for passing down skills and religion

Greenberry House, Meadows of Dan, 

The story of Greenberry House and how it all happened, with the German Angoras from ISeeSpots Farm in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Beth's Australian adventure - fishing in the Indian Ocean, 1975
Aussie Glouchester Tree that Beth climbed, Western Australia, 1975.
Quite an adventure coming back down!
The story of how teenaged Beth went to Mondaring, Western Australia with the Rotary Club Exchange Student Program.

A Little Sweet...

Leslie on connecting knitting with story: 
Kathleen's moss stitch sweater using hand dyed wool spun into a two ply sport weight yarn.
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, read by Jennifer Ehle

Beth on her talk, "Postcard 101" For the Reynold's Homestead Postcard Club

A Little Tart...


Forever Grateful by Silas Turman

Book Reviews:

Forever Grateful by Silas Turman

From Edwin, to Miss Nellie Ludwig, Germantown, Pennsylvania
Had a Good Time: Stories from American Postcards by Robert Olen Butler, including a visit with Beth's collection of postcards following Edwin's courtship of Miss Nellie Ludwig.

So romantic!

A Little Unexpected...
The Stories of a West Virginia Doctor by Harold Almond

The girls decide to avoid the local controversies in favor of a sweet story, read by Beth, from her father's book, The Stories of a West Virginia Doctor, by Harold Almond. There is discussion of the changes that fall is bringing to Meadows of Dan, eating local from the Farmers' Markets in Stuart and in Floyd. Reference to the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Your hosts will return in two weeks with a new word of the day.

Music Attribution
by cdk
featuring oldDog


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

A little sweet, a little tart, a little unexpected

American Quince at Greenberry House, Meadows of Dan, Virginia

The giant American Quince in my yard grew from a tiny twig given to me by a neighbor. In the winter it sometimes blooms on bare branches, then the cold kills the flowers. Dozens of tiny birds then cover the bush to feed on the dead buds.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Episode 1 - Welcome to Quince!

Please be kind, as we learn about podcasting and putting on an internet radio show!

The word of the day is: QUINCE

Beth tells us the meaning of the word quince and the girls describe what the podcast will be about. Leslie emphasizes that there will be talk about knitting, handspinning and creating things and Beth points out that much will be made of books, collectibles and postcards. The girls introduce themselves, their occupations and families, and the lovely area, Meadows of Dan, Virginia, where they live and work.

Mabry Mill at Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Leslie tells her favorite joke and mention is made of bluegrass music and her famous brother, Sammy Shelor, of the Lonesome River Band. Ages are confessed and Beth tells the story of her father and how he wrote a book about his life as a country doctor.  The big finish is accomplished and your hosts will return in two weeks with another episode of Quince.




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Ave by Alex featuring Morusque ccmixter.org/files/AlexBeroza/34409