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"There is a Navajo blessing, and their word for 'spirit' is 'beauty.' It's the same word. They say, 'Beauty is before me, beauty is behind me, beauty is above and below me. I am surrounded by it, I am immersed in it. In my youth, I am aware of it, and in my old age, I will walk quietly the beautiful trail.' ... I live so that I will bring honor to my people, and when I step into the stars, people will speak my name with respect." -- Cherokee elder Grandmother Red Leaf, "Finding Your Past" in new life journal, December/January 2008, Asheville, NC

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"... this life script came right out of Cosmic you, Soul nature you, site scene while you were hanging out with the Oversoul of All Souls in another plane of reality and crafting a curriculum which would be the optimum curriculum to provide you with a set of experiences, through which you could, if you were ripe to, awaken out of the earth plane illusion that you are only a psycho-somatic chunk of thinking and feeling humanity, out for a brief ride through time and space.

"Can you handle the proposition that your entire set of life experiences is designed to give you a shot at awakening to your Oneness with it all, Your Ultimate Reality, your Sacred Nature, Christ in you, your promise of Glory!"

-- Rev. Chad O'Shea, A Christmas Curriculum for Unity Center (http://www.unitync.net), Fletcher NC


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Especially For Country Artists




A Country Rag welcomes submissions of Appalachian essays, articles, photos, video clips, poems, music, humor, art, sayings, recipes and short stories. Please send text in an e-mail message, attached graphics and/or music to submissions@acountryrag.org.

All rights to material printed in A Country Rag remain with the author. Publication includes your copyright and hotlinks to your email address and/or website, unless you choose otherwise. (Please indicate with your submission if the rights to a work belong to another publication, so the appropriate on-line credit will be given.)

ACR is updated quarterly, more or less, in spring, summer, fall and winter seasons.



"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -- unattributed

"Lately the issue of an artist's identity, both privately and publicly, has seemingly come into focus as our culture's obsession with celebrities and personalities continues onward.... My own philosophy toward dealing with my work and its relationship to the viewer runs parallel to an actress and her audience -- I am performing for you, and how much of this is me is irrelevant compared to your individual reception of the performance.... Anonymity is about respect, about owning yourself and not allowing anyone to claim you (unless, of course, you give them permission).... I genuinely believe that art, at its best, acts as a forum for dialogue within yourself, with other viewers and possibly with the artist...." -- Nobody Really Cares Who the Artist is, Anyway by Jaime Hickman, Vision, Art-Culture-Awareness, a publication of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City



CONTACT A COUNTRY RAG

Share your favorite saying, backwoods recipe, Appalachian scene, Country Rag question or comment by sending e-mail to submissions@acountryrag.org.

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Gifts and Treasures for A Country Rag(OSCR)

(some unsolicited reader comments)

Cosmos, digital art "glorious"... "an adventure"... "stunning"... "full of interesting subjects"... "delight-full"... "felt right at home"... "exceptional"..."cheery-style layout"... "Enjoyable"... "excellent"... "lots of fun to read"... "a remarkably fine product"... "Classy"... "deserves a bookmark"... "an enjoyable exploration"... "homey"... "professional"... "terrific"... "impressed"... "a grand job"... "heartwarming"... "fine layout and quality"... "uplifting"... "artsy-bohemian"... "Great!!!"... "I LOVED it!"... "Lots of interesting content"... "extremely well done"... "peerless"... "wonderful"... "cute"... "a positive reflection of southern life"... "love to come back again and again"... "striking design"... "a place to read and think and dream"... "excellent job!"... "creative"... "much better than most I have seen on the Internet"... "lovely"... "Great Job!"... "spectacular"... "fabulous"... "innovative"... "like a travel guide to someplace in the heart or memory"... "outstanding"... "WOW!"... "brilliant"... "nice flavor with soft backgrounds"... "humorous"... "Always wonderful!"... "most fun and the most beautiful"... "lyrical"... "love your e-zine"... "cool"... "incredible"... "charming"... "the very best site on the web"... "great approach to valley mindset"... "a jewel on the Web"... "an excellent source"... "Love it"... "really great"... "entertaining"... "the best I've seen"... "very user-friendly"... "pretty neat"... "incredibly beautiful"..."stupid little web page"[Paula Price, Luray VA]

and a few more recent affirmations for ACR's contributors and reflections

(Midi below: Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant)






"an inspiration"... "classic"... "a shining light"... "an award-winning effort of perseverance and insight"..."the avant-garde underground"... "wonderful"... "... a fabulous site!!"... "love alive"... "..."Very cool!"... "God bless you!"... "Magnificent!"... "lovely"... "high quality literary reflections on life"... "unrelentingly bright and cheerful"... "still fresh and gorgeous"... "an honor"... "Wheeeee! Yes!"... "wonderful!!!"... "Beautiful artwork, good music, and info!!"... "so precise"... "such magic and professionalism"... "dazzling"... "magnificent!"... "a literate voice of the soul of Appalachia"... "a joy of creation"... "Thank you for everything you have done for all the artists and writers of the region"... "enjoyable"... "really neat"... "a light"... "passionate"... "a higher life form"... "Thank you!"... "a hoot!"... "penship continues to amaze me"... "Awesome!!"... "blessed"..."interesting space"..."wonderful energy".... "humbled".... "a joy"... "pure class"... "way cool!!!"... " Love everything I've viewed/listened to on this site!!"... "... "nothing like it"... "Priceless!!"... "Excellent"... "Very nice!"... "Purrrfect"... "Congratulations!"... "BEAUTIFUL"... "luminescent"... "Yee-HAW!"... "many interesting things"... "amazing and inspired "... "preeettty"... "a great humanities work in progress"... "a pleasure"... "brilliant"... "Whoa! FABULOUS!!"... "interesting"... "ACR must be setting a record of some kind, for just plain old down home good reading, thoughtful treasures and joy. Keep on spreading the good words." ... "outstanding"... "Thanks for the beauty!"... "a miracle of blissful beauty"... "the intelligentsia"... "lovely"... "snazzy"... " a great mind"... "wonderful"... "brilliant"... "Awesome!!!"... "nearly Faulknerian [in length]!"... "tantalizing"... "huge"... "Great giggles!" "Alot going on. Love it!"...... "Thanks for all you do"... "Pretty crazy!"... "keep shining!"... "an awesome project!"... "WONDERFUL,AWESOME, OUTSTANDING!"... "THE pioneering literary website on the Internet"... "a GREAT job"... "keep on keeping on"... "Superwoman"... "the kind of writing that'll be studied in college classes generations from now"... "magical"... "a treasure to the people of Appalachia"... "eloquent"... "fresh and gorgeous"... "expect nothing less"... "hip-hip hoorah!"..."GREAT ART!"... "Oh, that is awesome!"... "fun and educational"... "a wondrous parade"... "a lighthouse"... "Great colors!!!"... "charming"... "a special friend"... "fans everywhere"... "WOW!"... "more, more, more"... "heads-up"... "an enormous collection of so much really GOOD, UPLIFTING, and INFORMATIVE material. Thank you for sharing" ..."simply delightful! Many thanks!!"... "very soothing and lovely"... "great"... "weird"... "vision!"..."astounding"... "beautiful"... "a goody gumdrop thing"... "virtuoso"... "awesome"... "Lots to do -- very busy"... "a couple of Angels have made the road a little easier for me (and others)"... a love muffin"... "a wonder"... "the art that comes out of people's souls"... "too cool"... "authentic"... "a national treasure"... "please keep up the good work"... "a faithful friend"... "stupendous!"... "graceful"... "charming"... "elegant"... "wooHOOO!"... "Bless you"... "stunning"... "charm"... "Wonderful"... "brilliant"... "W-O-W!"... "interesting"..."amazing"..."AWESOME!"... "SOOOO goody!"... "GOOD WORK!"... "a gift"... "incredible"... "amazed"... "Beautiful"... "such a talent"... "The music was lovely!"... "great"... "stunning"... "More! More! More!"... "Nice!"... "brings out wonderfullness"..."wonderful work!"... "a blast!"... "authentic"... "such a great web site"... "rich"... "lyrical"... "dear"... "strong"... "This is fantastic!!!!!!!"... "shining"... "Wonderful work"... "with it"... "... "Your kindness and support go above and beyond what mere mortals carry in their hearts"... Love, love the colors!!! And the graphics!!!!"... "fantastic"... "PERFECTION!!!"... "Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!Beautiful!"... "Congratulations!"... "artwork is amazing"... "something for everyone"... "Thank you so much"... "our home away from home"... "Very colorful!"... "an impressive feat"... "huge"... "How unique"... "Love the colors and the modern impressionist look"... "appreciate all you do"... "Genius!"... "thank you for giving me such a wonderful job I really liked it" ... "such a talent"... "wisdom and humor"... "a breath of fresh air"... "monumental"... "[has] grace and dignity"... "attractive"... "so much variety in all of this"... "a wonderful job"... "keep shining"... "Fantastic!"... "spectacular"... "Love, love, LOVE the new artwork!"... "dramatic"... "interest"... "cool"... "the illuminati"... "wonderful"... "immense respect for what you have accomplished in ... artistic endeavors, and in furthering and encouraging the artistic work of others"... "beautiful art"... "[tech is] so clever"... "Yum!"... "a peach"... "an inspiration!"... "compassionate and kind"... "Pretty cool...!"... "How cute"... "elegant"... "AWESOME!!"... "A delight"... "brilliant"... "de-LISH-ous!! :)"... "impressive"... "yep!"... "Nice!"... "dazzling".... "WooHoo and a YeeHaw"... "I like it!!! "... "a beautiful display"... "wise"... "such a way with words"... "amazing visuals"..."love it"..."stunning"..."good as usual"... "Whimsical"... "refreshing"... "so Jonesborough"... "Thank you"... "beautiful!"... "smart"... "good"... "touching"... "grounding"... "authentic"... "Very interesting"... "DEE-lightful"... " wonderful graphics will never cease to amaze "... "great job!!"... "brilliant"... "generous"... "[expresses] dignity and grace"... "attract wonderfulness in people" "priceless!"... "loved your artwork"... "Keep up the good work!"... "amazing"... "great"... "So cool!"... "Sweet"... "Real neat"... "AWESOME!!!"... "Two thumbs up!!"... "Standing ovation!!"... "phenomenal"... "the intelligentsia"... "so fine"... "so, so generous and kind"... "the sweetest"... "lovely spirit"... "trickles inspiration down throughout my whole family"... "The Rag is a national treasure"... "way more creativity than most"... "enjoy your writing and work"... "dazzling"... "Love all the 'magic boxes'"... "Impressive"... "Bless you for what you do for the region"... "GREAT!!!"... "Good"... "lovely"... "impressed with your work"... "Wow! Very nice!"... "the most beautiful"... "brilliant"... "My girls love the puzzle gallery!"... "great"... "compassionate and kind"... "So many different things to do and see!"... "Congratulations for sticking to the task for on and on"... "AWESOME!!!"... "Proud of you"... "love your site content"... "Great stuff!" .. "Your love is a light a dark world. So shine on, baby!" ... "wonderful" ... "fantastic art, great poems and stories and Appalachia right on my doorstep"... "From midwife to motherbird. ACR is so fortunate to have found you to nest itself, and all Appalachia lucky have you to nurture and send it aloft. The rest of us too. A roof in a storm, a window for sunshine, and a beautiful costume spun from a few country rags. Well done"

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The Cities That You've Burned by Adam Haworth Stephens



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"Poets use language to create a world of their own. For poets such as Rumi, Wordsworth, Hopkins and Hirschfield, this created world is space in which we can encounter the divine. It may be a landscape, a room, or the interior space of the heart....." -- St. Mary's Sewanee, A Center for Spiritual Development, Poetry as Sacred Space, Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Michael, Professor of English, University of the South


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