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Keep A-Goin'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 05:04
Cousin Blanche constantly amazes me. I was sitting on her pizer a couple of days ago, and the conversation turned to the Wright Brothers and how they persevered while others were giving up on the dream of conquering the air.  That reminded Blanche of a poem she had memorized decades ago. She sat across from me and recited the poem in its entirety!

"KEEP A-GOIN’" If you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a-goin'!
If it hails or if it snows,
Keep a-goin'!
'Taint no use to sit an' whine
When the fish ain't on your line;
Bait your hook an' keep a-tryin'--
Keep a-goin'!

When the weather kills your crop,
Keep a-goin'!
Though 'tis work to reach the top,
Keep a-goin'!
S'pose you're out o' ev'ry dime,
Gittin' broke ain't any crime;
Tell the world you're feelin' prime--
Keep a-goin'!

When it looks like all is up,
Keep a-goin'!
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
Keep a-goin'!
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like singin', sing--
Keep a-goin'! Author: Frank L. Stanton (1857-1927)

Not bad advice, I'd say. Thank you Blanche for again brightening my day!

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells the delightful story of the 19th century "Stovepipe Hat" wreck. It has been told for years in books & magazines, but it probably never happened. You can read the story (and my research) here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072115.htm.
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Stovepipe Hat Wreck

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 04:26
I just realized that for 2 1/2 weeks I have had the incorrect link at the bottom of my blog. This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the "Stovepipe Hat Wreck" (not "Rum Running on the Outer Banks"...that was June's Newsletter).

1965 Image from the NC Tourist Bureau

I loved hearing the story of this 1867 wreck  and the thousands of top hats that Hatteras islanders salvaged from the beach. So I began an investigation. I was surprised about what I learned. If you haven't already read the Newsletter, please click here for the full story: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072115.htm.

I don't think you will be disappointed.
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