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Meeting miss amy

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Have you read this book yet?  It’s stunning…


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It’s about here,
these beautiful mountains and the magic they contain.
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And it’s about her people,
people here,
and I swear,
I will see those around me differently
because of this book.

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Edie met the author, Amy Greene, {a local gal} at our fall festival and invited her to our book club. She graciously accepted.

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We ate lunch and chatted…
{Note: we ate and she chatted… just being honest!}

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We shared this beautiful view of those mountains…

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And listened to the melody of her words…

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She signed her book…

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And made us laugh talking about bad hairdos…
and Dollywood and raising young’uns.
And that was just it, what made it so wonderful.
She’s a mom like you and me,
and she had a dream,
a “calling”…
And she was true to it…
Even while fulfilling promises of roller coasters and trains
and funnel cakes and sausages…

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I realized that I love these mountains, too…
{something you may have noticed in my pictures?}
and that maybe I judge people without knowing the paths they walk.
And by her example,
if there’s a calling within,
a drive to create,
we should answer.

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*****

Thanks for visiting with us, Amy, and thanks for organizing, Edie.

bda
  • January 22, 2011 - 8:59 am

    Lisa Lucaciu - Hi there!
    I love your pictures. They are beautiful!
    What camera and lenses do you use?
    I am starting out with fotografing and trying out all kinds of things. Maybe you can give me a few tips on getting such great shots.
    Do you overwork the pictures?
    Your blog is really inspiring!
    Greetings from Austria!
    Lisa

  • January 22, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Kim Setser - I loved Bloodroot. Being a native of the same area made it feel like I was reading a letter from home. The language is so authentic, and the description of the area always had me trying to imagine where the real places are. Id like to crash your book club sometime, by the way, looks like a great time was had by all.

  • January 22, 2011 - 12:03 pm

    Amy Avery - I promised myself to read this book when Edie first introduced it to me on her blog. And then life just got in the way and I forgot. You have rekindled that desire for me to go out TODAY and get this book. I adore this post. It is so authentic and I just feel as if I were a little bird looking in on a wonderful day spent with an amazing author who graciously shared her thoughts and wisdom with you. The photos you took are amazing! My favorite is the one of Edie looking intently at Amy. You can tell she is listening to every word and taking it all in. Since I live in these mountains too, I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for sharing this, Patty. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • January 22, 2011 - 12:18 pm

    edie wadsworth - It was magical, a day I will never forget. I’m so glad that you are a part of so many of my wonderful memories. Beautiful words, beautiful artist capturing our mountains, our dreams. Love you.
    edie

  • January 22, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Shell - I want to add this to my list of must reads….looks like a great time! We’ve started a book club of sorts with ladies from our church & have read “Same Kind of Different as Me.” We’re getting ready to read “What Difference Do It Make.”

  • January 22, 2011 - 2:35 pm

    kendal - i live on the other side of those mountains!! and amy’s book is in my queue. and i would love to see a book list as i am an addict. and in a book club!

  • January 22, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Cathy - I’ve got a big stack of books going right now but I just had the library pull it and hold it for me! I loved “The Last Sin Eater” by Francine Rivers and Greene’s book sounds like a similar setting/culture. Thanks for the tip…and what FUN to share a meal with a real, live author!

  • January 22, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    Laura Hegfield - L♥ve this Patty…I must find this book! Your photos of the mountains and your friends are superb dear friend!

  • January 22, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    Jessica - What a lovely day and group of women.

  • January 22, 2011 - 11:49 pm

    deb @ talk at the table - First of all, your photos are out of this world.
    and yes. oh, that view.

    and all of these women look so radiantly beautiful, I’m guessing your hospitality has something to do with that.

    I will try and read this book asap. The author sounds like a gem.

    and what you said to me. I can’t thank you enough for believing in me and taking the time to tell me so.

    I do believe. I do.

    I am going to make this a reality. I am.

    love you.

    and here’s to I don’t know what, but something. Something.

  • January 23, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Bookclub with Amy Greene » lifeingrace - […] My gifted poet friend Patty wrote a beautiful piece about our day together and a big thank you to my dear friend Sue, who loved the book, read it three […]

  • January 23, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    Southern Gal - Beautiful pictures and lovely words.

  • January 23, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    Ruth - I did love the book. I read it once Edie posted about it on her blog. It was great-hard to put down.

    What a lovely time for you all to share together. I have to say I am a bit jealous. Wished I could have been there too.

    Ruth

  • January 23, 2011 - 11:29 pm

    Susan - What fun!! Love, love the pictures! Patty, I will put that book next on my list!
    Hugs!
    Susan

  • January 24, 2011 - 1:00 am

    Flower Patch Farmgirl - What a lovely group of gals! I am SO excited to get my hands on that book!

  • January 24, 2011 - 1:54 am

    Lana Austin - Wonderful photos as always–truly vibrant! It sounds like an incredible time! I wish I lived closer to your all’s book club!
    Hugs/blessings,
    Lana

  • January 24, 2011 - 9:11 am

    Cate - Lovely pics – you live in such a beautiful area Patty!

    And your new logo is stunning! Did you do it yourself?

    Hope you are well x

  • January 24, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    Kellee - it all sounds so lovely!

  • January 31, 2011 - 12:44 am

    Ramblings by Carol Nuckols - What a perfect, timely reminder to me to follow my calling, just as I’m getting back into writing one book and revising another. I want to read this book. Your photographs, as always, are lovely.

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