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A Country Rag Site Scene -- Page 1 (Introduction)
Current structure: With indescribable gratitude, blessings and honor due my superb New England homeys, especially one person in Boston MA for technical expertise and several in New York NY for Spirit, and another (the site's initial and official IPM, Internet Project Manager, and CCC, Corporate Creative Consultant, emerita and now AM, Alternate Manager) in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley for expansively diverse content, A Country Rag/O Shenandoah! Country Rag -- incorporated under state and federal law as a non-profit entity on the World Wide Web effective October 31, 2007 -- will soon celebrate its 20th birth-day! --jH, updated 7/2015
Credits and Bios
Structural timeline: Pastiche Meiosis
" Je me attens a mon juge, c'est le roy du ciel et de la terre. I trust in my Judge, who is the King of Heaven and Earth.... Vous dictes que vous estes mon juge, je ne sçay si vous l'estes; mais advisez bien que ne jugés mal, que vous vous mectriés en grant danger; et vous en advertis, afin que se (si) nostre, Seigneur vous en chastie, que je fais mon debvoir de le vous dire. You say that you are my judge, I don't know if you are or not; but take care not to judge wrongly, lest you place yourself in great danger; and I notify you of this, so that if our Lord punishes you for it, I will have done my duty in telling you."
, also called the Maid of Orleans and Jeanne d'Arc The Messenger, Joan of Arc, a patron saint of France and national heroine, who led a French resistance movement during the Hundred Years War
"We are Homo Luminous (men and women of the light) in the making. We are poetry. And to borrow a line from a well-known Hopi prayer, 'we are the ones we've been waiting for.'... we are mythic beings, mapmakers, and potent creators of our reality. We are visionaries and powerful dreamers, birthing ourselves and our world into being in every moment."
-- victoria johnson, a practitioner of the Shamanic Arts and a Teacher with the Four Winds Society in I am the mountain , WNC Woman -- celebrating the strength, wisdom, and grace of women, February 2008
"What form of government have you given us?"
"A republic, if you can keep it."
Pray for the dead.
Fight like hell for the living."
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." -- John 15:13
-- Winston Churchill, 1941, during a speech regarding the Allied war against the Fascists, quoted from "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." School For Champions
"First we're going to cut it off, and then we're going to kill it." -- General Colin Powell, the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commander of Allied forces headquartered in Saudi Arabia and fighting to free Kuwait from invasion and domination by brutal Iraqi dictatorship
"Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide." -- Allied slogan during , the first Gulf War Desert Storm
"Sic Semper tyrannis" --
thus always to tyrants, a Latin phrase recommended by George Mason to the Virginia Convention in 1776, first attributed to Marcus Junius Brutus at the assassination of Julius Caesar
"Walk softly and carry a big stick." -- Theodore Roosevelt as part of a brief statement on his approach to foreign policy
" -- Novus Ordo Seclorum" Latin for New Order of the Ages appears on the reverse of the Eclogue Great Seal of the United States, printed on the back of federal reserve notes, and is taken from the fourth of Virgil , written in 37 B.C.E., which contains a passage translating to The last time of prophecy has come to the Cumaean Sibyl; a brand new great order of the ages is born; for now the Virgin and the age of Saturn have returned; now a new Child has been sent from the heavens, frequently read
as a prophecy of the coming of Christ
"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto" -- Nancy in The Wizard of Oz
"Sometimes the truth hurts." --
Dorothy Scranton Baillie
(astrological sign: Taurus, The Bull)
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
"Give me liberty or give me death." --
Patrick Henry, 1775, St. John's Church, Richmond VA
-- Luke Skywalker in the movie "Star Wars," where "May 'the Force' be with you." the Force is an energy field created by all living
things, that surrounds and penetrates living beings and
binds the galaxy together Wikipedia, excellent and free on-line encyclopedia)
"Everything is possible. Pass the word."
-- Six of One, by Rita Mae Brown
-- philosopher George Santayana "Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it."
"You have a right to your freedom and to every other privilege connected with it and if you cannot secure these in Virginia or Alabama, by all means make your escape, without delay, to some other locality in God's wide universe." --
Mary Ann Shadd Cary, in Provincial Freedom
"sing the song of her possibilities / sing a righteous gospel / the makin of a melody / let her be born / let her be born / & handled warmly." -- Ntozake Shange in for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf
"Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to become themselves?" --
Betty Friedan in Feminine
"... more than one in ten women activists from around the world have faced sexual abuse or imprisonment because of their activism." -- Sexuality and Religion: What's the Connection? by Debra W. Haffner, Director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
"Behind the mists of ruin and rapine waved the calico dresses of women who dared." --
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois, concerning those who fought back from slavery
"There are no atheists in a foxhole." -- origin uncertain
as it exists now is the culmination and accumulation of a voluntary communal effort by many women and men around the globe and over fourteen years A Country Rag (see working on the World Wide Web to present and preserve the creative best of progressive culture and civilization -- arts and sciences Addendum -- Sections Chronology for formal historic development) (music, literature, graphics, media, technology, biology, psychology, sociology, astronomy and physics), history, humanity, spirituality, responsible civic activity, exploratory travel, and humor -- and to convey cosmic realities with accuracy and sensibility through the media magic of cyberspace, the internet. Despite diligent efforts to the contrary, none of its contributors and/or supporters to date have ever been paid, nor have any but one asked to be, but have shared all of their knowledge, talents and expertise freely and graciously. Hopefully, grant funding in the future will rectify that unfortunate eventuality.
Out of its initial structural format as a somewhat diminutive and narrowly-focused local commercial e-zine called
, OSCR ACR developed organically over the years since 1996 into its current presentation and non-profit focal status as a spiritually-infused, relatively monumental, multi-media cross-platform collaborative cyberspace educational art installation
of, for and by the United States of Appalachia, .
i..e. The Mountain Empire
As art imitates life, it's infinitesimally unlikely -- mostly due to randomly revolving, multitudinously varied individual page backgrounds of an unquantifiable number of directional choice possiblities -- any viewer will experience the same ACR site twice.
The purpose of , as stated in its Charter and By-laws, is to encourage through education contemporary arts and tourism in Appalachia with special emphasis on the endeavors of A Country Rag, Inc. women and minorities.
graphic: Limestone Creek TN
: Publisher Jeannette Harris
(retired 3/2013): Literary Contributing Editor Caroline Freedom Ross
: Carolyn Moore Editor Emeritus
Internet Project Manager emerita (Manage À Lune), CCC emerita, Alternate Manager: Hank Zimmerman
Go to Site Scene -- Page 2 (Annotated History 1996-1997)
Go to Site Scene -- Page 3 (Annotated History 1998-2008)
Go to Site Scene -- Page 4 (Guidelines & Accolades)
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Original material c. and/or Jeannette Harris, Jonesborough Tennessee, April 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. All rights reserved. A Country Rag, Inc.