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Monday, September 21, 2009

THE KINGDOM OF THE HAPPY LAND

Well, Kind Hearts, the magazine, Smoky Mountain Living, finally published my article (and painting) on the legendary Kingdom of the Happy Land that once existed in Henderson County (1867-1906). I am shamelessly pleased. Although the reproduction of the painting is a little indistinct, that is probably good. If any of you are interested in obtaining a copy, you can find the Fall issue on most magazine stands in this region, or order them from the SML website. Click on the image to enlarge!

18 comments:

  1. Well gol' darn I was wondering how I could finish reading it! Very nicely written and very interesting too. I knew I'd found a good story teller when I found holler notes!

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  2. Me again...I forgot to say, I like the painting too!

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  3. Thank you, Alice. Why don't you join my "Followers" up at the top of the page. It don't cost anything. Honest! Just fill in the blanks.
    I promise to try to be interesting.

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  4. I'll be looking for this magazine when I'm in town. What a great article and I LOVE the picture!

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  5. I just realized that I asked Alice to become a "follower" and is already one! That is Alice from the blog, Winter Song, friends. If you haven't visited it, you should.

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  6. Carol,
    I think you are on to something. For those who don't know, Carol from Writers Porch may have found
    William Montgomery's origins. It turns out that the Montgomery's were well-known for their interest in establishing independent, self-sustaining Black communities.

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  7. Gary,

    You know that I greatly admire your natural painting abilities. This one is one of your most vibrant. It demonstrates your marvelous color sense and compositional skills. I'm so happy that you are still painting to accompany your amazing storytelling talent.

    Marcianne

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  8. Gary;

    A birthday treat for me! You showed me this painting in July, but I don't remember you saying that there was a story to go with it. I intend to look for "Smokey Mountain Living" and hope to get a copy of this edition. The story opening is fascinating. Many, many felicitations on both the publication and the painting! - Spike

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  9. Yeah, that is right! Today is your birthday. Happy Birthday, Spike! What are you eating tonight? I'm getting ready to pig out on shrimp and grits, and then watch "The International' by Tom Tyker, the guy who made "Run, Lola, Run."

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  10. I'm going to town today and get me a copy. The painting is great!

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  11. Just a great treat to see two facets of your work. I've often wondered how we so successfully dodge our past.
    I can only wonder how Howard Stern feels about your emergence as "King of all media."

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  12. By Jove, I am impressed. And as I recall, you made a grade of "D" in Art Appreciation at Western - the course taught by the Industrial Arts teacher. As they teach in the Department of English at Appalachian ... "You done good."
    Marvin

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  13. That is right! The instructor was affectionately known as "The Carpenter."

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  14. Well! It's about dang time, honey pot! I'm real proud of you and I'm braggin' on you right and left. What you doin' for supper? Sure have missed sparkin' on the front porch!

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  15. Yeah, Trixie,
    I've missed that, too...sitting there in the twilight, listening to them rain crows mourning on the ridge and watching the light fade in the Balsam mountains.
    Affectionately, your little sugar nubbin.

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  16. Congratulations, Gary. Your painting is excellent and I will look for the newspaper to read all about it.

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  17. Glenda,
    Smoky Mountain Living is a magazine. In fact, it is one of the best. If I'm not mistaken, the current issue contains an article on Writers Network West.

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