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Excalibur and The Holy Grail

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord./ He is trampling out the wine press, where the grapes of wrath are stored,/ He hath loosed the fateful lightnings of his terrible swift sword,/ His truth is marching on./ I have seen him in the watchfires of an hundred circling camps/ They have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps,/ I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps,/ His day is marching on./ I have read a burning Gospel writ in fiery rows of steel,/ As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal,/ Let the hero born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,/ Our God is marching on./ He has sounded out the trumpet that shall never call retreat,/ He has waked the earth's dull sorrow with a high ecstatic beat,/ Oh! be swift my soul to answer him, be jubilant my feet!/ Our God is marching on./ In the whiteness of the lilies he was born across the sea,/ With a glory in his bosom that shines out on you and me,/ As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,/ Our God is marching on./ He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,/ He is wisdom to the mighty, he is succour to the brave,/ So the world shall be his footstool, and the soul of Time his slave,/ Our God is marching on./"
-- Battle Hymn of the Republic
by Julia Ward Howe 1861, from Reminiscences 1819-1899

Excalibur or Caliburn or Caledfwlch, King Arthur's sword 'twinkling with diamond sparks, myriads of topaz-lights, and jacinth-work' and 'with a dread-inspiring design of two serpents entwined on a golden hilt with fire flaming from their mouths,' click for further description
Biographies for ACR, Inc. Officers and Board Members

click for Chameleon 'Living Remains' Chairperson: Jeannette Harris, A Country Rag Inc.'s website publisher/developer since April 1996, holds a high honors degree in cognitive psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. A professional accounting systems manager, programmer/analyst, technical documentarian and business owner, her writing in articles, short stories and poetry has been widely published on the internet and to a lesser extent in hardcopy. She also has a professional background in musical dimensions, law, small business creation and direction, collaborative management and system development, computer programming and run-time installation, advertising, multi-media arts, project design and direction, and behavioral clinic therapies with adults and children. A lifelong activist Democrat, she served briefly as the first woman Co-Chair of the Green Party of Tennessee, 2001-2003, by appointment. Raised in the suburbs of Boston Massachusetts and along the coast of Maine, she has lived and worked cross-country and in the Appalachian regions of Virginia and Tennessee for thirty years, has been a volunteer for Tennessee's Jonesborough/Washington County Museum tour of homes and cultural entertainments, Pangaea World Music Festival, Washington County Envionmental Action Group, Friends of the Nolichuckey, and International Storytelling Center, Washington County TN's Gore/Lieberman, Boone NC's Obama/Biden Presidential campaigns, and 2012 Tennessee Democratic Women's Leadership Council, and is currently a volunteering member for Friends of the Washington County Library and the NE Tennessee/SW Virginia Heritage Alliance, and Jonesborough Fine Arts, Inc. (a regional cooperative) for which she serves as Gallery/Foundation Publicity Chairperson, Facebook Page Administrator, and exhibiting gallery member artist, and is a co-supporting sponsor for Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. She can be contacted through harris@acountryrag.org for ACRInc-related business correspondence.

President: Gwendoline Fortune is a retired African-American D.Ed., professor of Social Science and History, and a writer, which is her first love. She has written columns for North Carolina and Illinois independent newspapers and has been guest columnist at others, such as The Raleigh News and Observer. She has completed two marketed novels, Growing Up Nigger-Rich and Family Lines, and a third awaiting publication in addition to a play, short stories and poetry. Her distributed anthology of verse is titled Dancing as Fast as We Can and Inner Scan. Previously a member of the Appalachian Writers Association, Friday Noon Poets, Off-Campus Writers Workshop, the North Carolina Writers Network, and a member of the Board of the North Carolina Poetry Society, she has retired to Florida where she has been working on politically-relevent pod-casts.

Vice President Emeritus: Carolyn Moore, originally from South Carolina, graduated from that state's university at age 19 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. A resident of Jonesborough Tennessee, and occasionally Boone, North Carolina, for many years, she has pursued her interest in civics and criminal justice by serving for many years on the local Historical Preservation Zoning Board, national and state Executive Committees of the Democratic Party, and as a church elder for Jonesborough Presbyterian Church. Travel throughout Europe, Britain and the Middle East with her late husband, law professor and department chairperson for NC's Appalachian State University, allowed exploration of worldwide religions and art forms. She has also been an active and lifelong supporter of The Southern Poverty Law Center and co-parent to three Mountain Empire daughters -- (Army Col.) Cassandra, (Rev. and Army Judge Advocate General, Ret.) Diana and (Police Lt.) Susan. Her writing has been published in regional hardcopy and within ACR.

Acting Vice President: Judith Anne Deitz Lowenstein, originally of Newton Centre MA and now a retired pediatrician, volunteers her spare time for children's advocacy to benefit small mountain towns in her "base camp" home of Northern Appalachia and shares her counseling experiences, past and present. as a freelance author for local hardcopy publications. A globally peripetetic elderkind, she can be contacted through lowenstein@acountryrag.org for ACRInc-related business correspondence.

Board Member: Kathleen Dameron is a decade-plus ACR supporter/contributor, degreed in art history and a Jonesborough-transposed native of the Saint Lawrence Seaway region and of Pittsburgh PA, with intensive prior professional experience in law and small retail marketing direction, whose ancestry traces to a leading general in George Washington's Army of the Potomac. Her three now-adult children have also earned advanced degrees and professional employment. She can be contacted through dameron@acountryrag.org for ACRInc-related business correspondence.

Board Member: Margaret Gregg is a decade-plus ACR contributor/supporter and has been working with oils, acrylics, textiles, metals and other natural materials around this country and internationally to share her creative vision and inspiration for nearly half a century of study, experimentation and instruction. With an MFA from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, she has used her talents and expertise in the service of social justice and ecological health throughout Appalachia, her adopted home. A native of Chicago, Illinois, her colorfully fanciful clothing inventions from vests to hats to dresses have cheered many a street and room, and person. Her activist adventures and those of friends are chronicled in the very readable, well-documented Mountain Sisters: From Convent to Community in Appalachia (available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble) by sociologist/professor/lecturer and prolific author Dr. Helen Lewis ("the grandmother of Appalachian Studies"), co-authored by Monica Appleby and published by University Press of Kentucky. Margaret is also a hobbyist bicyclist and has toured a few European countries with a group of similar afficiandos of foreign sights and alternative, low-impact transportation. She can be contacted through gregg@acountryrag.org for ACRInc-related business correspondence.

"Art to be effective and truthful must have the strength to face up to all dramas and tragedies, to face them and to transcend them...must be able to hold extreme opposites together...." --Anselm Keifer

Board Member: Susan Lachmann is a gifted musician who lives and works as an Artist in Education. She earned her Bachelor of Education, with a concentration in music and voice, from the University of Kentucky and her Masters, specializing in early childhood education, from East Tennessee State University. Through her organization, Sound Learning, she designs and produces programming and curriculum for arts integration, and to present nationally on the topics of play, creativity, and music for therapeutic intervention and literacy development. She sings and accompanies herself on lap dulcimer, ashiko drum and guitar. She produces the popular radio series "Women On Air" for over two decades now. She co-produced the annual "Good Goddess" exhibition celebrating Women's History Month in southwest Virginia, northeast Tennessee, and western North Carolina and self-produced HERstory monthly for a few years. Previously published performance and CD reviews are archived on-line. Her articles have also been published in Marquee and Western North Carolina Woman magazines. She has also been organizer and performer for Jonesborough's annual Windiefest activities. As a single working parent, she raised two exemplary and now-grown, college-degreed and skillfully-employed children. She can be contacted through lachmann@acountryrag.org for ACRInc-related business correspondence.
"I believe in music."

Board Member: Frances Lamberts holds a PhD in Psychology and is a retired director of Greeneville Tennessee's Greene Valley Developmental Center, a facility for the handicapped, who maintains extensive organic gardens and domestic animals on a one-acre homestead in Jonesborough TN. Her devotion to environmental causes has involved her in many regional entities and actions to preserve habitat, including creation and monthly organization of the Washington County Environmental Action Group from 1996 through 2005. Originally from Germany, she has served as the Natural Resources Chairperson for the local League of Women Voters for many years. She has also written an environmental column published weekly in the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune over the past few years in addition to being the subject of regional interviews and explorations into functionally healthy organic lifestyles. Additionally, Frances developed Jonesborough's delightful Buttefly Garden and its state-certified Arboretum(Ardinna Woods)[ see photos] and for many years has hosted in her home ETSU foreign exchange students from Deutscheland. She can be contacted through lamberts@acountryrag.org for ACRInc-related business correspondence.

Board Member: Vera Tracy, a returned native of Tennessee, has lived and traveled the country extensively before settling three decades ago in Jonesborough and the Tri-Cities. She is an experienced organizational art-show judge and award-winning artist with work in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. She provides private tutoring and commission work, and teaches regular art classes. Specializing in watercolor portraits and mixed media, she studied Fine Art at the University of Memphis, and with regionally known artist Urban Bird and nationally known artists Judi Betts, Jan Kunz, and Alex Powers. Selected for display over the years in various regional shows, her sculpture, paintings and drawing reflect the struggles of life in a love of form and startling design. She can be contacted through tracy@acountryrag.org for ACRInc-related business correspondence.

Board Member: Kim Upton is the Hillbilly Mystic whose inspirational writing and "photographic eye" art-of-nature graphics have appeared in ACR since 2009. An experienced and knowledgeable professional spiritual counselor and seeker, Kim raises with spousal assistance four daughters as well as fresh produce from home gardening in the Kentucky countryside of Shepherdsville. click for Kim Upton's 'Art of the Spirit' website Kim has twelve years of experience with adults and children who have Sensory Processing Disorder issues, 20 years of experience in spiritual counseling as a licensed inter-faith minister, 10 years of experience in the education field, is a certified holistic healthcare practitioner, a trained storyteller and master herbalist. As a rural homemaker, she has studied midwifery and received her Doctorate of Divinity in November 2004. A cyber-preneur, Kim's inspirational and inspired multi-media artwork creations are perusable and purchasable through Etsy. She can be contacted through upton@acountryrag.org for ACRInc-related business correspondence. In Kim's words:

"... There is a memory within us - a way to find our people. Whether we were artists, witches, writers, healers, poets or listeners. No matter what, the mountains bring us home. Right now I'm studying the tie between the Tibetans and their mountains, and how the Navajo and their mountains both have the same rituals and spiritual ceremonies. The Mountain calls to us all. As Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done.' Buddha says it, Mohammad says it, and so do the First Peoples of all the Nations... Mountains are magical. And in that magic, secrets are kept so that the world can stay in balance. And the trees on mountains...well...they are just homes for all that is Divine!"

The Bill of Rights
Amendments I-X of the Constitution of the United States

The Conventions of a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution; Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States; all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, namely:

Amendment I -- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II -- A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III -- No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV -- The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V -- No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI -- In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII -- In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII -- Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX -- The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X -- The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Where the heck am I? -- Whisk me away

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