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Turk's Cap Lily, growing wild on Cat's Mountain
HAPPY FRIDAY, FRIEND! It's been a great week up on this mountain where I've been jamming to the Ultimate Summer Playlist on Spotify. It has reminded me just how much texture music brings to life. Nothing like a little Earth Wind & Fire or Doobie Brothers or O'Jays turned up loud to lift a person's spirits! (My dinner prep time has VASTLY improved.) We've had weather upon weather: rain, fog, thunderstorms, sun--and that's just one afternoon. I ain't complaining, though. We are not experiencing the stifling heat so many of you are right now. HYDRATE, PEOPLE, HYDRATE. Or grab a book and a comfy seat in an air conditioned room and remember the joy that is Summer Reading! Sending love and good wishes to you whatever you have planned this weekend! XXOO, Cathy
The Wendell Berry Interview, in the New Yorker
I had the great privilege of meeting Mr. Berry two summers ago when he offered the ending keynote at the Appalachian Writers' Workshop at Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky. It was remarkable not only for his quiet, funny, and oh-so-poignant presence. It was also a small gathering and so there I was on Row Two. He and his wife were with us at Hindman a couple of days where they stayed in one of the rustic campus buildings, walked down the hill in mist together each morning (just as we workshoppers did), and joined us for our community meals. (They did not, however, have to help with the dishes.) This was just so swell.

I may be offering an endless stream here, as this show is just so dang funny.
Promise me you will watch Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
My recent faves:
Season 1, episode 9: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks
Season 2, episode 4: Don Rickles
Season 7, episode 1, President Obama (this one is just so funny)

This interview with journalist, podcast creator and writer Courtney Balestier in the summer issue of Still: The Journal. I love her smarts, her insights and her fresh perspective on Appalachia and being Appalachian.
These Watermelon Jalapeno Margaritas, from Iowa Girl Eats
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There's really no other option, is there, but a Wendell Berry? Hannah Coulter is one of the most moving novels I've ever read. If you want to take the noise down a notch or two, or a hundred, sit with this one. There's a reason they call them classics.

Don’t trust hope.

Find the best thing you can do today and do it.

--Wendell Berry
When asked if, given the state of things, he has hope for tomorrow
Speaking of the Appalachian Writers' Workshop at Hindman, I'll be there along the banks of Troublesome Creek next week communing with fellow writers, studying with Robert Gipe, and listening to Dorothy Allison deliver this year's keynote. As there is a very full schedule and very little internet, I'll be taking a short break from The Daily Grace. See you when I return!

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