Maria McCutchen did not have time to be sick. With a husband who had just lost a job, two young sons, and a cross-country move on the horizon, who had time to be sick? Maria didn’t have time for a common cold, let alone a major medical condition. But one day while shopping in the grocery store where she had shopped hundreds of times before, she couldn’t find the milk. It was then she knew what she was feeling was more than just stress or exhaustion. There was something very wrong.
After consulting a few doctors, Maria discovered she had a rare brain cyst known as a posterior fossa arachnoid cyst—a very large brain cyst. Hearing these cysts were normally asymptomatic was of little comfort, especially because she felt her mind and body slipping away more and more every day. Normal mental and physical functions were becoming harder to control. Even if the doctors didn’t believe the cyst was a problem, she knew it was.
It would take months of living inside a shell of a person that she’d become, months of living in a mental fogginess and sometimes even physical pain, before she would finally get the medical attention she needed. It’s All in Your Head chronicles her harrowing medical odyssey and her attempts to regain some sort of semblance of her old life after treatment.
We are carrying Raptor Red (10 % of all sales go to these beautiful Hawks)
Amaretto Amore (Ohh-Laa-Laa!)
Brandon Berry Blush (beautiful)
And Viognier (YUMMM!)
This thrilling murder mystery begins with a dizzying, out-of-control skid down a mountain in an RV and ends as the intriguing threads of the plot come together in harried struggle for life in the dead of night 1500 miles from where the first murder occurred. Norm Brown joins the ranks of suspense masters in this riveting thrill ride.
Mindful Eating Book Club
This is a place for a vigorous discussion about books at the intersection of nutrition, human behavior, culture and other issues that affect our eating
Discussion will be facilitated by: Debra Benfield, M.Ed., R.D., LDN, Nutrition Therapist
Second Thursday of each Month 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Jan 12th)
Rox, a scrappy fourteen-year-old, is just trying to survive. Living in an orphanage full of ‘gifted’ students isn’t easy. But when strange things begin to happen around Yangsly Academy, surviving becomes an even bigger challenge.
Artist Ginnie Conaway
Pet portraits began my artistic journey over 30 years ago and I still enjoy capturing memories for clients.
Flowers are a never ending source of inspiration.
I love bold colors and shapes, both in my gardens and in my paintings.
Remote For Your Listening Pleasure
There at it again and this time there here!
Come check out the live pod cast of characters known as The Less Desirables!
And if you can’t make it down check them out at…
In 1902, Allen published As a Man Thinketh, universally acknowledged as a classic book on self-examination. It captures the essence of Allen’s philosophy. Through his eloquent and succinct prose, Allen conveys his thesis that it is up to the individual to form his own character and create his own happiness.
In 1985, 15-year-old Bowman Gray IV lost his father to a heart attack. Later that same year, his mother gave him two gifts – a copy of As a Man Thinketh and a 35-millimeter camera. At the time, he did not fully appreciate how important these two gifts would eventually become to him.
In this gift edition, he couples his own color photographs with Allen’s timeless advice to produce an inspirational book that will stay with readers for years to come.
Charles Fiore, author of Green Gospel was recently in the store discussing his debut novel.
Fleeing the FBI, eco-terrorist Edie Aberdeen escapes to the small, rural town of Arcadia, Florida. She hopes to reinvent herself and forget her criminal past. But when she falls in with a mega-church whose pastor preaches a fiery brand of environmental fundamentalism, she must choose between abdication and one final, radical act to save the church from financial ruin.
Several unforgettable characters narrate this vivid debut novel that examines the roots of fundamentalism, the powerful sway of community, and cuts to the heart of the question of whether or not people change.
Here is a brief video taken while he was here describing why he felt compelled to write this book.
Alex Shakar, author of The Savage Girl wrote: ” A powerfully unfolding story of the changing landscapes of our time – physical, cultural, and personal. With Green Gospel, L. C. Fiore establishes himself as a writer of extraordinary sensitivity and insight.”
Here is another brief clip of Charles reading from his book.
Don’t be fooled by the scenic beauty of North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad–the ghosts of the past haunt these rolling hills and unique cities. From the smallpox-stricken ghost that haunts Salem Tavern in Winston-Salem to the slain Revolutionary War soldiers who linger in the park surrounding Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro, these phantoms all have a tale to tell. Some ghosts even support education. Take Jane, the lonely spinster who haunts Aycock Auditorium at the UNC Greensboro campus, or Herschel, High Point University’s ghost of the former Memorial Theater. And though Spookywoods Haunted Attraction in Kersey Valley often frightens and astounds, some of the resident ghosts aren’t just special effects. Join Camel City Spirit Seekers Michael Renegar and Amy Spease as they reveal the eerie and chilling stories from the heart of the Piedmont.
The time has gone so fast. Ten years feel like two. Seventy-five years of teaching feel like only a few. The children are still teaching me something every day… I think I must have taught at least a million students.
I’m going to keep on teach until Somebody rings the bell!
To all my students, past and present, I say, “Thank you! And let’s keep dancing!”
Iredell County North Carolina detective Marci McLeod and her artist husband Jake are back, along with the same delightful cast of characters from Ketchie’s first novel, Little Did They Know. This time they are joined by Meredith, the McLeods’ four-year-old daughter. While Marcie is tracking a vicious killer who is wreaking havoc in and around the picturesque town of Love Valley, a lookalike stranger compounds the detective’s challenges. The killer is no mastermind, but he possesses enough animal cunning and cold-blooded ruthlessness to make catching him a difficult and dangerous proposition. Marci, good cop, wife, mother in equal measure, struggles to keep work and personal life balanced. Ketchie uses North Carolina’s Love Valley –where Old West ambiance allows only horses and horse drawn vehicles on the streets–and some of its real life residents to create a true to life backdrop for the action.
She’s a prohibited artist playing a dangerous game. Rebecca, the youngest daughter on a homestead in the 1800s, has little business trying to get at the conclusions she draws. She learns two things: how wrong she is and an even-so love. Set among the early Moravians in North Carolina.
This Romeo/Juliet story set in the mountains of Virginia in the 1870s depicts a life and time largely forgotten now. Jimmie Sue, a white farm boy, and Madeleen, a colored sharecropper girl, although mutually attracted to each other, must deal with a greater obstacle than having different family names, such as the Capulets and Montagues in Shakespeare. Jimmie Sue was not so interested in a sheet of paper to certify their relationship, but Madeleen would have no part of an arrangement that was not “blessed of the Lord.” Their shared experiences in the fields, the churches, the baptism creek give them many contact opportunities, which are duly celebrated yet constantly thwarted. Although the focus is on these two teenagers, the story gives some insight into the post-civil war racial relationships in the mountains… quite different from the more normally accepted tales of the plantations.
This week’s class is the awaited red wine. We still have a few stops open. Class is 6:30-8.
We received new art All About Wine come in to see these outstanding works.
Giving away free books.
Starting Oct 1st we are giving away a book a week. Must come in to enter.
We will continue the giveaway as long as there is a book in the pile!
Historian Thomas D. “Tom” Perry
was born in Mount Airy and grew
up in Ararat, VA, just up the road
from where Civil War General J.E.
B. Stuart lived. Perry writes on
Patrick, Henry and Surry Counties
in VA and NC. He is the author of
a dozen books on local history and
Oct 1st 11am Deborah Williams Rodenhizer
March 1, 2004, was a beautiful day.
Blue skies and white fluffy clouds
promised that spring was just around
the corner. It was an ordinary day.
There was no sign that I would
remember this day as the worst day of
my life. On this tragic day, Deborah’s
firstborn son, Christopher, committed
suicide. Joy in the Mourning is the
encouraging story of how this mother
dealt with the initial shock, the following
guilt, and the eventual peace she felt
her child’s death.
Kala Ambrose Oct 1st 2-5
Explore haunted lighthouses, forts,
and shipwrecked areas of East
Carolina where Blackbeard and
his pirates still roam as you join
author and paranormal researcher
Kala Ambrose in Ghost Hunting
North Carolina. Journey across the
state and visit the most actively
haunted capitol in the US, and
continue west into the Blue Ridge
Mountains where the pink lady and
her friends await your presence.
Maps and travel information are
provided to every haunted location
for those brave enough to make
the journey in person and for the
paranormal researchers who are
interested in exploring North
Oct 1st 3-6 Surry Oak Winery
A must-taste newcomer to selling his
wines. Two Chambourcins, one
Merlot, a dry Niagara(very rare and
good) and a combination
Merlot/Chambourcin named Well Red
(we love the play on words for us)
Sign up now for Wine classes
beginning Oct 5th.
Pumpkin Painting is fun for all
ages, come watch Ginnie
The Mindful Eating book club is still
taking participants see the website for
more information on all these events.
Teen girls are welcome to come meet national bestselling author, Victoria Christopher Murray on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM. Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of a series of YA books entitled The DIVAs. Four teenage girls, Diamond, India, Veronique, and Aaliyah, “who sing to glorify God and are hoping for a little fame as well.”