Since 1998 ACR/OSCR has been published, with coverage expanded to all the Appalachian states, from Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee, the State's first capitol, home of the Smithsonian-affiliated International Storytelling Center, and named (along with closeby Abingdon VA) as one of the 100 best small towns in America by National Geographic. Its advertised purpose has been "to share Appalachian history, culture and attractions through the creative gifts of regional artists and to encourage their work and public interest in the arts."
In 1999, Encyclopedia Britannica, by then a prominently displayed icon for easy accessibility from most college and library introductory computer screens, reiterated its "Best of the Web" award for A Country Rag artists, adjusting search engine listings to reference all of Appalachia. ACR has also been used as a supplementary text for some university courses on regional studies and the arts.
armies of the night
Latro! A doe bleats,
torn limb to limb.
When you were lost,
I took you in,
for your sins.
Now you're to war again,
laid bodies end to end.
Will you demand a bribe
for kidding finer souls?
Bleeding refuse and ghosts,
mon amour mortel.
Dirt from this war
still clouds the light,
but it's clearer to see
from the pitiless fight
there'll be no survival
of love or good will --
just rage to the grave
until grace covers all
with rain from the fall.
"This is just an event. It is what it is. It's all up to me where I go from here." -- barbara marlow in identities: lost and found , WNC Woman, celebrating the strength, grace and wisdom of women, February 2008
"The Horror, the horror...." -- last line of Apocalypse Now, award-winning movie script and direction by Francis Ford Coppola
"Via Dolorosa (Latin for 'Way of Grief' or 'Way of Suffering') is a street in the Old City of Jerusalem. Traditionally, it is held to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. It is marked by nine of the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The last five stations are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is a focus of pilgrimage." -- Jerusalem Photos
"...female masculinity can be provocative enough to force us to look anew upon male femininities.... the threatening...figures of the feminine male and the masculine female...will be sufficiently terrifying to the gendered subject to ensure normative gender identification...." -- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Judith Halberstam
"...there is a communal rape of the black man by the crowd which executes him. They violate him by exposing the most private parts of his body and by forcing him, finally, into ultimate submission to them." -- Exorcising by Trudier Harris
".... The rapist is a sort of extreme agent, and the target of his rape likewise an extreme object, the very image of agentless abjection, the one thrown down to be torn apart.... The transferences that occur between rape and castration in the context of race...invest castration with the emotional reverberations of rape as an act of violence that is constantly personalized and likewise (less conspicuously) to politicize rape through its association with racial castration as an act of violence immediately recognized as possessing political implications.... Proper manhood is defined not only by the normativity of the impulse toward masculine violence but more subtly by the injunction not to fear enacting such violence on others...." -- Race, Rape, Castration by Marlon B. Ross
"I'm walkin' down that long, lonesome road, babe/
Where I'm bound, I can't tell/
But goodbye's too good a word, gal/
So I'll just say fare thee well/
I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind/
You could have done better but I don't mind/
You just kinda wasted my precious time/
But don't think twice, it's all right" -- Don't Think Twice It's All Right, by Bob Dylan
"It is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime." -- James Baldwin in The Fire Next Time
"They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -- Andy Warhol
A Country Rag has been reorganized as a non-profit corporation, owned and operated by women, headquartered in the State of Tennessee.
Its Charter and Bylaws have been approved by the Tennessee Secretary of State effective October 31, 2007, and filed with the Jonesborough Register of Deeds. Federal 501(c)(3) status was also approved on that date by postal notification dated January 13, 2008. It has been created and developed over the past 12 years as a locally to internationally awarded and acclaimed site, popular regionally to worldwide, encouraging and promoting arts and sciences, responsible political engagement, civic involvement, and charitable contributions with organizational listings and elucidated links, as well as healthy home life and environment, extolling the splendors and active values of the Mountain Empire, a place recognized federally and otherwise for positive influence and innovative leadership in rewarding humanitarian education and encouraging innovative diversity. It has been published for over a decade from Jonesborough, known as and awarded for being one of the best small towns in America. The internet site is open for submissions of material to firstname.lastname@example.org and encourages participation by regional women and minorities particularly.
You hear people say frequently that there are, and have been, too many words in the world everywhere. I've never heard anybody say there was too much music, or graphic art.
A Changing Key
I'm dragging the past behind me in trunks --
more years, more tears, more joys,
I talk and move,
play the piano more slowly
because of them.
They don't fit just anywhere.
I stop in mid-sentence,
pause at the door,
falter at the keyboard
because I've forgotten one.
I have to pull it up with the rest.
It was packed in haste
and the pieces that go together
need to be arranged and ordered for use.
I might have to throw some things away
and I'm filling a new one today.
I can't imagine a world without music,
I knew it before I was born,
knew words so the rhythm of poetry
became the rhyme of meaning
straining to meet mute chords.
I knew the duet of my grandmother
and her operatic song.
You cannot kill this;
it is culture marching on.
Maybe the Word is a note and the universe a symphony.
"Life is an ongoing composition. Art reflects the turbulent state of the world. The choices we make affect the weather to come. Whether or not we are willing to look at this remains to be seen." -- artist Benjamin M. Betsalel
"...they believed that upper management had to deal with more uncertainty and in some situations needed immediate decisions without any precedent -- situations that would only work well for someone who is more intuitive.... 45% of corporate executives now rely more on instinct than on facts and figures in running their businesses.... those who are more reflective, spontaneous, or quick to make a decision based on feeling, tend to utilize their intuitive sense more.... I believe that it is important for us to bring back the natural integration of the reasoning mind along with our intuition in order to feel whole and complete...." -- Finally, intuition is gaining a greater respect in the professional world, by Janese Johnson, Asheville Daily Planet -- One People, One Planet, One Future, November 28, 2007, NC
"The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings." -- writer/broadcaster Dan Cook, after the first basketball game of the 1977-78 National Basketball Association playoff series, indicating that the competition between teams was not yet over and the championship still up for grabs
"Can't run no more/ with that lawless crowd/ while the killers in high places/ say their prayers out loud./ But they've summoned up/ a thundercloud./ They're going to hear from me./ Ring the bells that still can ring./ Forget your perfect offering./ There is a crack in everything./ That's how the light gets in./ That's how the light gets in./ That's how the light gets in." -- Anthem by Leonard Cohen, Best of
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