The Poetry of the Appalachias: Linda Dickert’s ‘The Mountains Belong to Me’

Cries of coyotes, the croak of frogs and chirping of crickets exemplify the concertos of the Smoky Mountains. I appreciate the age-worn rocks’ accommodating a waterfall’s endless challenge. I hear gospel songs, and I can see myself clogging to great blue grass harmonies.

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Publisher: Ammons Communications
Publication Date: 6/3/2013
ISBN-13 (eBook): 9780989216968
Price: $4.00

All proceeds from this book will go to Spark Companions, a non-profit organization
that helps individuals unable to pay for vet bills.

 Linda Dickert’s collection of poetry and prose celebrates life in the Great Smoky Mountains. Her short essays, conversations, and inspirations draw from the happenings in the mountains of North Carolina, sharing with readers the spirit of the Appalachians and instilling an appreciation for the natural world and our responsibility to protect and cherish it. Dickert also gives readers an opportunity to reflect on their own environment and connection with nature.

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Linda Dickert was born in Asheville, North Carolina in a time when people loved the Smoky Mountains more for their healing powers than for their monetary gain through logging and deforestation. It was in the mountains that she fell in love with the magnificence of the Appalachians and its ability to cleanse the spirit. Her book “The Mountains Belong to Me” is a culmination of a lifetime of experiences and adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains. She now lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina with her husband, one dog, and three cats.

Praise for The Mountains Belong to Me

Such a great book…you feel the writer’s passion for her work…I’d like to applaud Linda Dickert because she makes the verses in the book come alive and sing out to the world. She creates pictures of delight, beauty, serenity and hope, as evidenced by the illustrations embedded in the collection…Truly amazing!     – Arianne Claire

Dickert manages to capture the wildlife and sense of freedom in the rugged outdoors…The Mountains contains poems of imagery and feeling…A very nice collection of poetry and memories.     – Joseph Spuckler

 

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New Poems: Tommy L. Thomas’s ‘Jehovah God: Poems to Light the Road to Everlasting Life’

ImageTommy L. Thomas’s inspirational collection of poems offer heartfelt expressions of praise, bringing the reader closer to a new understanding of and an improved spiritual intimacy with God. His words bring blessings of good health, emotional stability, and spiritual guidance.

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     Tommy L. Thomas was born on a plantation in Quitman, Georgia. Through many trials and tribulations, Jehovah God has brought him through the pains of extreme poverty, hunger, and a number of other harrowing adversities.
     After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Central Michigan University and carrying a 4.0 in post graduate work at Marygrove College, Thomas worked for Ford Motor Company and the City of Detroit. He is an ordained minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses and has been preaching His word for over forty years.
     Thomas is a father of two daughters and three sons, a novelist, poet, screenwriter and stage play writer.

 

 

Explore the ups and downs of life in ‘Raging River: A Book of Dramatic Writings,’ by Terry Michelsen

Terry Michelsen’s ‘Raging River’ is a collection of dramatic personal writings inspired by the author’s professors at Western Carolina University. Each piece takes the reader on a poignant journey from themes of madness, through family, fear, loss, guilt, and awakening, and finally to change. Michelsen’s semi autobiographical work is a look into her story of survival amidst the fault of memory, the experience of trauma and transition, and the transformative power of truth.Image

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Terry Jean Wiemuth Michelsen moved to the mountains of western North Carolina from the suburbs of Chicago in 2001.  Michelsen holds a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. in History, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in English/Professional Writing.  Her most treasured career was as Academic Advisor at Western Carolina University employing her intuitive skills as counselor and mentor to her students.  Her position was eliminated due to budget cuts which provided her with her most cherished opportunity to become a writer.

Michelsen’s publications include ‘Birds of Spirit,’ ‘Sweet Earth,’ ‘Raging River, ‘and ‘Soaring on Wings of Word.’  Her poetry has been published in ‘Mused Literary Review.’  Her historical scholarship was published in ‘Women Building Chicago 1790-1990’ (2001) edited by Schultz and Hast, and was cited in ‘Good Heart’s (2006) by Suellen Hoy.  Her book reviews on academic advising have been published in ‘NACADA.’  Also a painter, her paintings are displayed at galleries, bookstores, and festivals.

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Extreme Sports Meet Motivation & Inspiration: Jonathan Wunrow’s ‘Adventure Inward: A Risk Taker’s Book of Quotes’

Written for adventurers and non-adventurers alike, Jonathan Wunrow’s collection of quotes and insights will inspire risk takers and thrill seekers of all sorts, encouraging personal exploration, offering guidance, and engaging in the ultimate adventure: inward.

Through his own experiences as an avid mountain climber, Wunrow and his work use quotes to explore the nature of why extreme sports enthusiasts do what they do, and how their risk taking impacts them and those around them.  The 15 topics explored in Adventure Inward offer perspectives on life, death, purpose, and meaning, not just for risk takers and extreme sports enthusiasts, but for people of all walks of life.

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Adventure Inward is a wonderful book that I enjoyed reading. The author does a great job of explaining many existential issues concerning life, death, and one’s purpose… I would definitely recommend  this book to readers who like extreme sports and also to anyone interesting in contemplating life’s mysteries.

– Avery Griffin, Author or The Demon Rolmar

I loved this book and would recommend it to others.  It is surprisingly relevant to anyone’s life… A good quote can inspire, transcend, counter negative thoughts, help us dream,  allow us to escape, validate our thinking and beliefs, and offer basic truths. Indeed, the quotes, proverbs, and sayings Jonathan Wunrow has collected from people of all kinds during his years of mountain climbing experience, can translate to life itself. He makes the point of saying that they are meaningless unless embodied in habit, and also provides tips on how we can do this…Wunrow reflects with telling quotes on nature, on living in the moment, on taking risks, what paths in life to take, of managing fear, of death and family sacrifice.

– Amanda Mac, Something to Ponder About Book Reviews

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JONATHAN WUNROW is a parent, husband, adolescent therapist, grant writer, cabin builder, avid reader, and Green Bay Packer fanatic who occasionally finds time to plan and enjoy extreme outdoor adventures all over the world. He currently works a a project manager and grant writer for a small Haida Tribe in southeast Alaska. In addition to pursuing his current goal of climbing the highest peak in every country in North, Central, and South America with his Australian climbing partner Anthony Melov, Jon has also hiked the 2,800-mile Pacific Crest Trail, completed a two-month canoe trip in northern Canada, climbed Kilimanjaro with his son Seth, and has had adventures in dozens of countries around the world. Some of his other country high point ascents include Denali (Alaska), Nevado Sajama (Bolivia), Aconcagua (Argentina), Pico de Orizaba (Mexico), and Julianna Top (Suriname). After living and raising his son in Sitka, Alaska for 16 years, Jon now resides in Bloomington, Indiana, with his supportive wife Leslie.

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