Brand New Old Time: The Rise of the Lumbersexual

first_imgTwo framed, black and white photos hang on my office wall. In one, my paternal grandfather, Odus Wiley Cash, kneels with his two brothers, Freeman and Muriel, in front of their parents’ home in the Appalachian foothills of Cleveland County, North Carolina. The photo was taken in the 1930s when my grandfather was in his early twenties. In the other photo, this one taken in 1923, a group of ruddy-faced farmers and smirking farm boys pose alongside stoic women of all ages on the wide, dusty steps of an old house not far from where the photo of my grandfather was taken. My paternal grandmother, Lucille Adeline Edwards, is a newborn baby asleep in her mother’s arms. When I’m writing at my desk, I often gaze across my office and consider my grandparents’ lives and the lives of their families.Scan_FIXODUS WILEY CASH KNEELS IN THE FAR RIGHT.My first novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, is set primarily in 1986, but it regularly flashes back to rural life in pre-World War I Appalachia, drawing heavily from the region’s folklore, religion, and isolation. I’m currently at work on a novel about a 1929 textile mill strike in my hometown of Gastonia, N.C. Both novels are populated by characters who look, speak, and live like the people in those framed photos looked, spoke, and lived. For some reason, I’m drawn to portray the people of that era much more than I’m drawn to portray my own life or the lives of my parents, and I’m not the only one who’s inspired by the Depression Era South. A wave of twenty-, thirty-, and forty-somethings – from writers and musicians to craft brewers – are looking back to old-time practices to garner the inspiration to move forward.To get a historical perspective on the phenomenon, I reached out to Dr. Dan Pierce, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and asked him why so many people of my generation are returning to traditional ways of viewing and portraying the world.“One reason to reach for the past is because you think it was so much simpler,” Pierce said. “There’s also the issue of authenticity: We want to say this is the real thing.”Pierce pointed out the recent explosion of craft moonshine as an example.“In Asheville, people expect authentic moonshine to be organic,” he said. “Well, most of the moonshine that was made over the last hundred years was vile stuff. They were running it through car radiators, putting whatever they could put in it to make it look like it was higher proof, but a lot of it was poisonous.”Pierce went on to say that moonshining is “the hipster thing to do in Brooklyn,” and then he introduced me to a term I’d never heard: lumbersexual.“Apparently it’s a new way for men to act,” he said. “Wear flannel, grow a beard, pretend to be outdoorsy in a hipster way.”I was too embarrassed to confess that he’d just described me to a T.Acting. Is that what I do when I sit down to write about the generations before mine? Am I searching for authenticity while fetishizing an idyllic past that never existed? With these questions in mind, I reached out to two friends I consider luminaries in their respective fields and people who rely heavily on history: Amy Greene, bestselling novelist and author of Bloodroot and Long Man, and Ketch Secor, fiddler, raconteur, and front-man for the Grammy Award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show.For Greene, whose most recent novel is about a small town that is flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1936, writing about the past is an attempt to preserve a history that is always on the verge of being lost.“Your first compulsion to tell the story is something you’re not sure of,” Greene said, “but when I write I think about my grandparents: people who lived quiet lives and passed away without anyone knowing their names. The people I come from are people who worked hard and died, and it haunts me. East Tennessee has shaped me because of the tradition and the oral history that have been passed down. It’s almost as if I can’t help but write about the past because I view everything through that lens.”Like Greene, Secor can speak to the pull of both the region and its past, even when neither is necessarily your own.“If you live around east Tennessee or where all these Appalachian states come together then you’re exposed to a pathway where tradition passes from generation to generation. I didn’t come from that region, but I moved there because I was inspired by the music,” he said. “Something came into my being that made me feel like a link in that chain.”While he embraces the pull history has on our generation, Secor is skeptical of those who scour the past in search of authenticity.“We’re surrounded by mass production,” he said. “So we tell ourselves, ‘There are too many Targets and too many Wal-Marts, and they make everything feel the same.’ Then we hang out in Asheville and buy hand-knitted clothing for our children because we don’t want to go to Target anymore, but Target is right next door to the strip mall where they sell hand-knitted athletic tracksuits for our kids. Is it a true revival of folklife pathways, or is it a charade that makes everybody feel better about the fact that folklife pathways may be gone?”Scan-1_FIXLUCILLE ADELINE EDWARDS-CASH IS THE NEWBORN ON THE FRONT ROWLUCILLE ADELINE EDWARDS-CASH IS THE NEWBORN ON THE FRONT ROWPerhaps that’s what compels me to stare at those old family photos when I sit down to write: the fear that the past may be gone and forgotten, buried by the Tennessee Valley Authority, mass marketed next door to Target, covered over by flannel and facial hair.My great-grandparents were farmers. My grandparents fled the farms for life in the mills. My parents were both born in mill villages and saw the suburbs as their salvation. But I’m still stuck in the suburbs, and, as an artist, it feels as if the only sure step I can take is the one that takes me back.last_img read more

DMK travel agencies competition in excellence: Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia 2018

first_imgFor the 22nd year in a row, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been carrying out the action “Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia“Within which awards and recognitions are given to economic entities in tourism.Thus, as part of the campaign, the evaluation of DMK travel agencies will be carried out, and the best will be awarded prizes and recognitions through evaluation in three categories: Mala (up to 10 employees), medium (11-39 employees) i big (over 40 employees). The holder of the evaluation of DMK travel agencies is the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies, which in cooperation developed and agreed on the evaluation methodology.The evaluation process will be carried out in two phases. First by collecting and processing data via Questionnaire on physical and financial indicators, followed by a tour and evaluation of the best ranked travel agency by the Travel Agency Evaluation Committee. The DMK travel agency of the year will be named the one with the highest number of points in the second phase, the qualitative assessment of the Commission, and among the first place in the categories of small, medium and large agencies.By fulfilling Questionnaire on physical and financial indicators at the latest until May 15, 2018., you have automatically filled in the application for this year ‘s first evaluation phase.Find more information here.last_img read more

PREMIUMChevron signs $150m deal to extend life of vaunted Rokan oil block

first_imgLinkedin Chevron has signed a deal with the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas) to drill between 112 and 118 new wells in Indonesia’s second-most productive oil block, Rokan Block in Riau.The California-based oil company is slated to invest around US$150 million for the new wells, which, once drilled, would raise the block output by around 5,000 barrels per day (bpd), said SKK Migas head Dwi Soetjipto on Wednesday.SKK Migas previously ordered Chevron to drill 11 new wells in the block this year. The remainder will be drilled in 2021. The exact number of wells and investment is projected to be finalized within 30 days.“We hope Rokan’s transition can run smoothly and become a reference for other blocks’ transition,” Dwi told House of Representatives lawmakers in Jakarta.Read also: Pertamina to drill up to 180,000 bpd from Roka… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Forgot Password ? Google Log in with your social account Chevron Rokan-block oil-block drilling-activity SKKMigas pertamina Riau Facebooklast_img read more

Queenslanders trump HIA – CSR Australian Housing Awards

first_imgSpace Constructions, based in Bulimba, won Australian Display Home for a Bulimba Pde home.QUEENSLAND has proved to be a dominant force at this year’s HIA – CSR Australian Housing Awards.Queensland won eight out of a possible 21 awards, proving the Sunshine State is leading the way in innovative housing design.HIA managing director Shane Goodwin said the awards recognised outstanding achievement within the residential building industry. Space Constructions, based in Bulimba, won Australian Display Home for a Bulimba Pde home.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The judges noted that the clever use of double-height glazing and a striking feature wall delivered a wow factor as the living area unfolded.Space Constructions joint principal Bob Antic said the living area was also his favourite part of the stunning home.Mr Antic started Space Constructions about 10 years ago with joint principal Andy Tomic, and they joined forces with Hugo Design to work on the award-winning home.“The double-height ceilings in the living room, with the fireplace and stone wall, and especially the feature timber ceiling, are probably my favourite features of the home,” Mr Antic said.He said he was genuinely surprised to win the accolade because it was a heavily contested award.Planbuild Homes, based in Kedron, won Australian Project Home for “Epernay”, built overlooking the racecourse at Hendra. For a list of award winners, visit https://hia.com.au/ahalast_img read more

Exportation of Dominica’s water could soon become a reality

first_imgLocalNews Exportation of Dominica’s water could soon become a reality by: – December 3, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share 43 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Photo credit: Brainz.orgDominica could begin shipment of over seven million gallons of water per month by the end of the first quarter of 2012.Director of Sisserou Water Inc Atherton Martin says the first phase of shipment of bulk water will target the Caribbean. He says there has been dialogue with the various ministries on the progress of the shipment of bulk water.Martin was responding to criticisms by the Minister for Water Resource Management Reginald Austrie that there is still no progress after three years since a license was issued for the shipment of bulk water. Martin said there has been tremendous levels of cooperation between Sisserou Water Inc and several government ministries about plans to export the country’s water.According to him, a significant amount of work has been undertaken between a seven year span.“There is going to be a first phase of water exports that will target the Caribbean. That will be possible because the existing loading facility of DOWASCO along the west coast is sufficient to supply the volume that would be on order from the Caribbean market. Letters of intent are being finalized,” he saidHe said the next phase would be to complete the financing arrangement for the larger water terminal component in Marigot.“That will now get water ready to export to markets much further afield like North America and the Middle East,” he said.He said receiving facilities for water in the region still remains a major problem. Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

Lady Trojans Victorious Over Lady Tigers In EIAC Play

first_imgEC traveled to Lawrenceburg last night. Both JV and Varsity walked out with the win, but it took both teams an extra set to get the job done.‘We started really slow and lacked intensity in every set which forced us to battle out of a hole, but the girls did a good job at holding their composure to battle back. It was a good game by both teams. Lawrenceburg served us pretty tough which pulled us out of system a lot, but we found a way to make it work.’  Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 11-2 on the season and 6-0 in the EIAC.Next up: Madison on Saturday at EC at 11am.last_img

Real Madrid’s 2021 plan for signing Man Utd target

first_img Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke hinted in March that the player would be leaving the Bundesliga club. “Even before the coronavirus pandemic exploded, we said that our desire was for him to stay, but in the end you have to accept the player’s preference,” Watzke wrote in Bild, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo. The winger was part of the England side who won the 2017 Under-20 World Cup and left City to join Dortmund the same summer for €8m. Read Also: Lionel Messi to return to Barcelona training on FridayIt now appears his exit from the Bundesliga club may be accelerated, particularly in light of the recent arrival of striker Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg this January.Initially arriving as a replacement for Ousmane Dembele, who moved to Barcelona for an initial €105m, the 20-year-old has been a revelation at the Bundesliga club and has scored 34 goals for Borussia’s first team, including 20 this campaign.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Real Madrid remain hopeful of signing Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho but Manchester United are favourites for the player.center_img That is according to Diario AS, who explain that Los Blancos are aware that the England international is out of their price range this summer and is more likely to choose a move to Old Trafford and a return to the Premier League. The English winger is set to be one of the most in-demand players this summer and will command a sizable transfer fee, with Bild reporting last month that Madrid and Barcelona were among the clubs interested.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Most Influential Countries In The History Of The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be SolvedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The Worldlast_img read more

Everton given Traore work permit

first_img “Now I am trying to do the same at Everton, but in a better way because I want to improve and become a better player year after year.” Injuries are continuing to affect the squad, and with midfielder Steven Pienaar absent with a groin issue against West Brom, Martinez lost full-back Seamus Coleman to a hamstring problem. Everton will assess the Republic of Ireland international over the next 24 hours, but he could miss next Tuesday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield. “The next 24 hours are going to be vital to find out how he feels,” said Martinez. “Seamus is a really fit boy, so when he got that feeling something was wrong with his hamstring we needed to take that seriously. “We will find out over the next few hours the extent of the injury. “Steven Pienaar had to come off against Norwich and since then he has been working hard to get back to full fitness and it was a little bit short for Monday. “We will assess him over the next few days. It shouldn’t be too big a problem in his groin area.” On the upside, Martinez hopes to have Gerard Deulofeu back from a hamstring injury soon, as the on-loan Barcelona youngster has been out of action since December 14. “Gerard is progressing really well. A member of our medical department went over to Barcelona to find out where he is (in terms of fitness),” the manager added. “It is a bit more complicated injury because it affects the tendon and that can get re-injured very easily. “We are happy with his progress and he is doing really well and I don’t think it will be long before he is back. “We reassess him every three days. Hopefully he will carry on with no setbacks.” Press Association “Talks are ongoing with Monaco to secure the 23-year-old’s services.” Manager Roberto Martinez publicly confirmed their interest following Monday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, saying: “Lacina is a player who I really like and is someone who would fit in really well in the role we want the player to come in. “He is a very talented footballer. He is only 23 and has already had a couple of moves (totalling) nearly £30million, but every work permit is a difficult one and we will try our best.” The 6ft 8ins striker is being brought in to replace Nikica Jelavic, who was sold to Hull last week, and will provide support for fellow on-loan forward Romelu Lukaku, who is currently Martinez’s first choice. Lukaku provided the knock-down for Kevin Mirallas to score the opening goal in the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns, only for Uruguay international Diego Lugano to register his first goal in English football to secure a point for the Baggies. “We lost two points, you have to be realistic,” said Lukaku. “In the first half we dominated but we didn’t control the game as we should have done, and we have to learn from it and do better in the next few games.” On his return to the Hawthorns, where he spent last season on loan scoring 17 goals, Lukaku told evertontv: “I had a great time at West Brom and I hope they enjoyed my football and I left some good memories at the club. Everton are looking to finalise a loan deal for Monaco striker Lacina Traore after obtaining a work permit for the Ivory Coast international. The Toffees have received the paperwork they need to bring the 23-year-old to Goodison Park on a contract until the end of the season and will now complete the formalities of the deal with the French club. “Everton confirm they have been granted a work permit for Lacina Traore,” said a spokesman. last_img read more

Graeme McDowell and Russell Knox share lead ahead of Monday finish in Mexico

first_imgGraeme McDowell and Russell Knox will go into Monday morning primed to battle it out for the OHL Classic title in Mexico after a rain-interrupted Sunday. That left them two shots clear of Jason Bohn, two under for the day after 12, with Scott Brown and overnight leader Derek Fathauer a further two shots back in a share of fourth. McDowell looked to have missed his chance here with a third round of 70, but began his recovery with three birdies in a row between the fifth and seventh to make the turn in 33. He picked up further shots on the 10th, 12th and 13th to move level with Knox, who had four straight birdies between the third and sixth, made the turn in 31 and then birdied the 11th to go clear. He played one more hole before the stoppage. Bohn had eagled the par-five fifth but then immediately dropped a shot before birdies on the seventh and eighth. However, he bogeyed the 12th to lose ground before darkness fell. Fathauer, seeking his first ever win, had held the overnight lead but the occasion perhaps got the better of him as he dropped shots on the first and 10th holes, with a sole birdie on the ninth. McDowell and Knox shared the lead at 19 under par, two shots clear of the chasing pack, when play was suspended due to darkness late on Sunday after a lengthy rain delay. Scotland’s Knox had held the outright lead until Northern Irishman McDowell birdied the 13th, the last hole he played before the suspension, to join him at six under for the round. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: AP source: Virus forces Heat to close facility

first_imgNew Jersey’s premier thoroughbred track is scrambling to follow capacity limits set by the state as it prepares for its opening night of racing.Monmouth Park is scheduled to present a six-race card Friday evening. Track officials said in an afternoon statement that no more than 500 people would be allowed in certain areas, but added that information on a final capacity number would be released later in the day. The Asbury Park Press reported the track had submitted a plan to the state to allow roughly 16,000 people in the track’s outdoor areas, but the plan was not approved. The track has hosted as many as 60,000 for the Haskell Stakes, its signature event. Monmouth Park’s sports book will open but be restricted to 25% of normal capacity. All visitors to the track or sports book will be required to wear a mask and be given a brief health questionnaire.___ A third Washington Nationals player has decided to opt out of playing this Major League Baseball season because of concerns about the novel coronavirus.Manager Dave Martinez said depth catcher Welington Castillo was uncomfortable playing because he has young children. He joins first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross among those deciding not to play for the defending World Series champions.The 33-year-old Castillo played last season for the Chicago White Sox and then joined the Nationals as a backup option.___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates. Lafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. July 3, 2020 The Heat will have players at the arena over the coming days to satisfy their NBA-mandated testing requirements but will not reopen the gym for individual workouts before leaving for the Disney complex near Orlando on Wednesday, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details were announced.The second player’s identity was not released by the team. Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last week and has been working through the NBA protocols on a return-to-play plan.— AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami.___Toronto FC pushed back its departure to Florida for the MLS is Back Tournament to Saturday, saying more time is needed to complete pre-travel COVID-19 testing. Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A person with knowledge of the situation says that the Miami Heat have closed their training facility after a second player tested positive for coronavirus. The Latest: AP source: Virus forces Heat to close facility Kansas has suspended its voluntary football workouts because of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the program.The school says it has tested 164 athletes and recorded 16 positives, including 12 football players. It says 45 athletes are currently in quarantine across all sports. “When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” coach Les Miles said in a statement.The school says the other teams with athletes back on campus will continue their voluntary workouts.___ Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday.Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled. Associated Press The MLS team had been scheduled to leave by charter Friday. Toronto opens the World Cup-style tournament on July 10 against D.C. United.The New York Red Bulls also delayed their Friday departure, saying a staff member had produced an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. The Red Bulls said they would reschedule their flight once all the test results were confirmed. Six players from FC Dallas and one from Columbus Crew SC have already tested positive in the Sunshine State. They have been isolated and are receiving care while the other members of their delegations are in quarantine pending more testing.Major League Soccer had required teams to arrive in Florida no later than a week before their first game at the tournament, which runs July 8 to Aug. 11 at Disney’s Wide World of Sport Complex in the Orlando area. But issues with test results have caused several delays.___ The Baltic News Service reported the new date.Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more