Decisions, decisions

How is it that one chooses fourteen classes out of one hundred forty?  This isn’t like college where a lot of the classes are “required” and in some area that is of no interest to you.  No, the John C. Campbell Folk School is a place where nearly every class is of interest to me. …

How to Plan A Road Trip – Backwards

“I start on July 30th,” I said to Lois. “Oh.  I’ll be there the week before taking a class – can you get there a little earlier?  We can have dinner at the Copper Door again,” she offered.  Dinner at the Copper Door is not something one turns down.  So though I’m not officially due…

All levels welcome

The class is called “Building a Garden Shed.”  I don’t have a garden.  Nor any property on which to put a garden.  In fact, I’ll be living “on the road” for the next year, so it’s inconceivable that I will need to know how to build a garden shed anytime in the near future.  Despite…

A Week Off

I am happy to report that there are still places in the US that have no cell phone coverage.  And even happier to report that I am sitting in one of them. I’m currently in a log house on the Hiwassee River in Hayesville, North Carolina.  For an entire week, no less.  The idea for…

A Writing Retreat

I love that we can learn new things at any age.  In my first writing class at the John C. Campbell Folk School two years ago, not one of us had ever before attempted writing our own life stories.  And we were a group with participants in their 20’s up into their 70’s. My experience…

My Morning Jolt

Lots of people use coffee to get them going in the morning.  I was never a coffee drinker, but have finally found something that energizes me first thing in the morning: working on something for me. My inspiration came via my friend Stacey.  She’s a writer, a runner, a wife, and a mom of two…