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"Love is a trickster, a changeling, and a rogue. You think you have its measure, and it shifts again. Love is Coyote chasing his tail, insatiable and curious, base and divine.... Just when you believe you've domesticated it, it slips through a hole in the fence, goes off to frolic in the briars and tears itself to shreds." -- kate reynolds in the coyote diary, western north carolina woman -- celebrating the strength, wisdom and grace of women, December 2007

"Our lives are filled with simple joys and blessings without end/ And one of the greatest joys in life is to have a friend." -- unattributed

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Native Cross "The price of success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you." -- unattributed, from a Johnson City TN radio broadcast

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming 'Wow, what a ride!'" -- Hunter S. Thompson [courtesy of Carolyn Moore]


"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, a glass of red wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO what a ride!'"

"I am Woman, I am Invincible, I am Tired" -- printed message on a t-shirt for sale in Black Mountain, NC

"Living well is the best revenge." -- George Herbert, English clergyman & metaphysical poet (1593 - 1633)

Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’”

1996 Spirit Crest-Logo Then another message came to me from the Lord: “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

-- Zechariah 4 :6-10 (NLT)

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"As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, people should be judged by the content of their character, not by their ability to impress each other with the physical dominance that comes with winning a fight...." -- Don't Stereotype Me, by Abigail Wendell in The Urban News--Gateway to the Multicultural Community, October 2007, Asheville NC

".... our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war.... It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." -- The Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863

Regional note: When the State of Tennessee seceded in 1861, East Tennessee remained a stronghold of Union sentiment. The Emancipator (one year earlier called the Manumission Intelligencer), the first abolishonist periodical in the nation, was published monthly from Jonesborough by Elihu Embree beginning in 1820.

Graphic: War Monster by John Charles, Kingsport TN, 6x12, mixed media (sold)


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ACR Publisher/CEO: Jeannette Harris,
Editors Emeritus: Carolyn Moore,; Karol Cooper (Caroline Freedom Ross)

ACR, Inc.'s website has been honored notably as one of the best in the world, and the one best representative of Appalachia, by historically prestigious Encyclopdia Britannica (and is the only one remaining created originally and developed technically by a woman -- and disabled "senior citizen," American or otherwise) and by numerous other national sources of high repute. Initially a locally to internationally popular home-based and market-successful commercial advertising/consulting-supported small business, it is now one of the twenty percent of national non-profit organizations operationally owned by women. ACRInc's support staff and Board Members are all humanely outstanding and multiply-accomplished "in their own right." Although ACRInc is structurally all-women, it has had and continues to have active support and assistive involvement of splendid men internationally. Thank God, and them.--jH, 3/14. Jonesborough TN
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Jewel City Lights -- click graphic for enlargement Corporate officers of ACR, Inc. are: President & CEO/Chairperson -- Jeannette Harris; Vice President -- Dr. Gwendoline Y. Fortune; Vice President Emeritus -- Carolyn Moore; Acting Vice President
-- Judy Lowenstein; Secretary -- Molinda Ellis; Members of the Board of Directors -- Molinda Ellis(OH), Dr. Gwendoline Fortune(IL), Margaret Gregg(IL), Brenda Gerlach(CN), Judy Lowenstein(MA), Therese Pearson(NH), Lindy Gail Steiner(ME), Jeanne Tedder(NY), Emma G. Thieben(VT), and Kimberly Upton (KY).
(For more details, see Biographies)

Homey note: By most recent will ACRInc (Harris estate) properties are legated for archival preservation/presentation to New England's NYHS with friends of old John and Robert Darnton as Trustee Administrators (see Eleanor's Kitchen) -- jH, 7/18/2016

Vernal update, May 2015: ACRInc is in the process of refocusing its personnel and promotional/educational resources on the states of the northern reach of the Appalachian range to celebrate its 20th anniversary online for Easter 2016 within the native region of its founding creator/CEO. All Officers and Board Members may be contacted for ACRInc-related business through [lastname] .

click graphic for 'Spirit Self' page With a continuing "thank you" to the hardily awesome Dr. Jonathan David Farley, we are also grateful especially for the steady assistance and support of "The Good Vibes Lady" and ACR, Inc.'s "Angel Investors."
Employer Identification Number: 75-3256917

Effective date of Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee ["Storytelling Capitol of the World"] incorporation and Federal/State 501(c)(3) status: October 31, 2007

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The Mountain Empire Land of the Blue Mist Appalachian Trail --click for enlargement

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"....they [men] are...creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness. As a result, their neighbour is for them not only a potential helper or sexual object, but also someone who tempts them to satisfy their aggressiveness on him, to exploit his capacity for work without compensation, to use him sexually without his consent, to seize his possessions, to humiliate him, to cause him pain, to torture and kill him." -- Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, quoted in The Enemy Outside, Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory, edited by Judith Kegan Gardiner

Unless noted otherwise, the site's text and graphics are copyrighted to A Country Rag, Inc. and/or Jeannette Harris. Individual prose, poetry and graphics are copyrighted to the artists credited. All rights reserved.


"Like recent feminists, she [the protagonist of The Awakening by Kate Chopin] implicitly rejects the choice of either a conventional sexual life in a marriage that allows no time to express her creativity, or the solitary spinsterhood of a woman who is devoted to her art or career. Like men, she wants both." -- Diving Deep and Surfacing: Women Writers on Spiritual Quest by Carol P. Christ in Spiritual Liberation, Social Defeat

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"Let's mine the great depths of the imagination, which is a God-given gift, rather than depend on some poor, innocent soul to provide fodder." -- Jan Karon, quote in WNC Magazine, Mountain Living in Western North Carolina, November/December 2007, Asheville, NC.

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Free logo for A Country Rag links 'Anthem,' digital of photo from boston marathon terrorist attackThe cyber-home supersite of A Country Rag, Inc. is accessible through Web addresses: The Wayback Machine at and other global public archive venues, and a 1996-2007 mirror site at ( with content through 2003 and background music files, stolen and kept along the rest of the publisher's legally-owned property unfortunately by criminal government, corporate and resident force in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley (see Chameleon and Prism for details).

8/26/10: With gratitude to the individual who created backups to begin with -- Jacques Mattheij, inventor also of the streaming webcam --and his agreeably pleasant technical effort in making that content readily available again for salvage and reload, the missing midi files, and others, are restored to the site and archives now.
(Midi below: Handel's Alleluia)

Midi music note: A Country Rag, Inc. does not claim copyrights on any of the midi files available herein. They are produced by talented musical technicians. To the knowledge of ACR, Inc. all are in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions.

ACR, Stars of the C Galaxy -- click for enlargement Embedded video notice: Multiply-gifted and skillfully inspired hi-tech individuals and groups (who retain copyright claim) worldwide have shared freely their oustandingly extraordinary artistry, representing the felicitous intersection of our fields of knowledge in arts and sciences, within videos and on websites usually cited by web address toward the end of each. To find out details about a favorite and enjoy more of their exploratory expositions, check there. (Clickable listings in full-screen mode of related videos also at the end of each increase exponentially the possibilities for interactive viewing exploration and discoveries. You never know what unexpected treasure you may uncover!) Grateful blessings to all. -- jH

ACR, the thinkers

Wildflowers trained on light

The beast holds your ticker,
grunts without diction or grammar
and lifts a misshapen foot to pee

splay in mud

Sufficient unto this day is turpidity --
the dozed, dazed mechanic of chaos
mazed in a soundproof cell

to mark its eyeless way.


*Hannah Arendt, author of Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, describing the trial of a Nazi war criminal -- "Arendt's thesis was that people who carry out unspeakable crimes, like Eichmann, a top administrator in the machinery of the Nazi death camps, may not be crazy fanatics at all, but rather ordinary individuals who simply accept the premises of their state and participate in any ongoing enterprise with the energy of good bureaucrats.... It is the function of defense intellectuals and other experts, and the mainstream media, to normalize the unthinkable for the general public."

Organ, sculpture by Robert Kuhn
Graphic: Organ, sculpture by Robert Kuhn

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“The future of the world is eclecticism, and it’s either you join us, or we swallow you."
-- Jamaican Musician and Presidential Candidate Wyclef Jean to British magazine Blues & Soul, Jon Pareles in From Musical Unity To The Political Kind, New York Times 8/6/10

Video above: Shakira and Wyclef Jean performing "Hips Don't Lie" at the World Cup

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