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Saying Goodbye to Johnny B

Saying Goodbye to Johnny B

John Bresnan I lost a good friend this week. I first met John Bresnan in the nineties when he and his family moved to Charlotte, and even though we could not be more different, we became close right away. Julie has runway model good looks and exquisite taste, and John...

Liar, Liar!

Liar, Liar!

The most recent Dutch Amaryllis to bloom at Chifferobe Lying seems to be all the rage. We are used to politicians telling lies, and we are in fact surprised when they tell the truth, but this guy from Long Island, George Santos, is such a liar that his lies are making...

Grinding into a lower gear

Grinding into a lower gear

At the risk of mixing metaphors, I have gone, seemingly overnight, from being the Energizer Bunny to being The Little Engine That Could. Within the past few days I lost my voice and have felt my life shift into low gear. Not only have I lost the vigor to do everything...

What is the worst part of the holidays?

What is the worst part of the holidays?

Taking down Christmas decorations is like unpacking your bags after a much anticipated trip.There has been so much build-up, so much anticipation, and like a flash both are gone in seconds. They combine a sense of exhaustion with sadness and regret. I am slowly...

Another chance for a fresh start!

Another chance for a fresh start!

Even though I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, I love the idea of a fresh start. I want to erase all the big mistakes I have ever made, and begin all over again. To do this I would have to start when I was  a little kid. I did something really awful in second grade...

Advent Reflections

Advent Reflections

Warm Flap Hats lined in fleece just$25 When my children were growing up, I thought that it would be smart to ban television from our home. I thought that instead of watching a lot of mindless tv, they would use their imaginations and play creatively. I thought it...

Gluttony

Gluttony

This large ceiling tile is decorated with a painting by the talented Lucy Miller. About 2' square. $200 I am a Quaker, but I fail at the Simplicity Testimony. Quakers uphold certain ideals and work to live lives imbued with these. Simplicity is the first, followed by...

Demon

Demon

Yeti ornament: handmade felt I just finished reading the  last pages of Demon Copperhead through tears. Barbara Kingsolver wrote this novel emulating Charles Dickens’s renowned David Copperfield. Dickens wrote that novel in the 1800’s to expose the mistreatment...

Manifesting Christmas

Manifesting Christmas

Saturday Seemi will be back to give you an intuitive reading with a henna tattoo. Free compliments of Chifferobe! A few years ago a friend invited me to go with her to a meeting about how to Manifest. You want a new love? More money? A better job? Just Manifest them!...

No, I’m Not From Here!

No, I’m Not From Here!

Turkish cotton hand towels, just $15s If you missed the Saturday event at Chifferobe, you are not out of luck. You have another chance to get a henna tattoo with a reading from the amazing Seemi Rizvi! She will be back for one more event Saturday, November 19,...

November is the Month for Metaphysics

This is a perfect month for metaphysical exploration! The beginning of November is when the boundary between the everyday world and the spirit world is at its most translucent, so it’s a good time to explore the occult. We kicked off the month with an evening of Tarot...

I’m The Queen of Cups

I’m The Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups Keywords Upright KeywordsReversed Keywordscompassion, warmth, kindness, intuition, healer, counsellor, supportiveinsecurity, giving too much, overly-sensitive, needy, fragile, dependence, martyrdomSkip to Upright MeaningSkip to Reversed Meaning Queen of...

Tarot: Reality or Fantasy?

Tarot: Reality or Fantasy?

I am enjoying Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, loaned to me by Jerry Pope. It is a strange and interesting read. On the surface it is about a young man whose wife surprises him with a divorce. He is an artist who has felt confined by his work, painting...

Exercise is Harmful to My Health

Exercise is Harmful to My Health

Here is my little hand swathed in a massive bandage So here’s what happened: i was at my exercise class for senior citizens and had wrapped the blue resistance band tightly around my hands. As i do everything, i put all i had into the best possible stretch. As I...

Grace, not necessarily graceful

Grace, not necessarily graceful

Kathy and me on the beach before the dancing began Grace: the divine influence operating in individuals for their regeneration and sanctification. Being in Mexico is always magical. I love the colors, the warm temperatures, the wide sugary beach, the turquoise water,...

Chifferobe is Profitable AF

Chifferobe is Profitable AF

I have the world’s greatest accountant. I bring her sloppy folders with my month’s receipts and she makes sense of them. Without her I would have to close the store because I would not know when or how much to send the government in sales tax, and I would probably be...

Please drop by tonight!

Please drop by tonight!

Boxes Art Show featuring the work of Jerry Pope. You have seen him in the latest issue of Asheville Made Magazine, so come to Chifferobe at 132 Cherry Street, Black Mountain, to meet him in person. Help yourself to some excellent refreshments: Sangria and Tapas while...

Give Alms to All Who Ask?

Give Alms to All Who Ask?

Come to a reception for Jerald Pope here at Chifferobe next Friday 5-7 PM In New York City in the Eighties you couldn’t walk from your apartment to the subway station without getting accosted by countless panhandlers. Friends who lived there at that time felt sorry...

Don’t travel with me!

Don’t travel with me!

It’s almost time for our September trip to Mexico, and I was reminded about how anxious I get when I am between places. I am a terrible backseat driver on car trips, and exhaust myself bracing for impending car crashes. Ron is a great, safe driver, but I worry about...

Dead Vegetables

Dead Vegetables

The view in front of me this morning as I drove down Montreat Road towards town was so beautiful! It rained downtown last night and there was still moisture in the air which formed soft clouds nestled onto treetops on the side of the mountains south of town, I...

Going Back in Time

Going Back in Time

This week I heard from a dear college friend for the first time in forever. Kathy Emerich and I were part of a small group of wild girls our friends called The Ravers. A cute Cornell graduate named Joe Compagni lived near our sorority house and we enjoyed showing up...

Scary Man in Black (Mountain)

Scary Man in Black (Mountain)

Tina and Dolly on a dish cloth you could frame. If you have spend much time in downtown Black Mountain, you have probably seen this homeless guy in black gesturing wildly, having a loud argument with himself, and striding quickly up and down the street. He has been...

Me and My Big Mouth

Me and My Big Mouth

Maude knows how best to manage these steamy hot days! People think I’m nice, but as my daughter knows, I’m a terrible shit-talker. Quakers call it “speaking truth to power,” which is really about standing up for what you believe is morally right. I don’t always take a...

Changing my hair…and my focus!

Changing my hair…and my focus!

Emily of Beauty Parade changed my hair cut and color. We will leave poor little Lorraine at Mac’s shack, up to her elbows in Mr. Clean as she attempts to clean up the mess. She has a lot of work to do, so we will leave her to it! We’ll come back to her later. My...

At Mac’s Love Nest

At Mac’s Love Nest

Wonderful plates and cutlery for little kids Lorraine and Mac were a new couple and still trying to figure each other out. Lorraine had had some bad experiences with men, most recently the departure of her husband Frederick after he found out about her affair with El...

In the Belly of the Beast

In the Belly of the Beast

Where's Waldo? Find me wearing the new Trade Cloth red cotton blouse! So cool and comfortable Lorraine was glad that she had remembered to bring her inhaler. As Mac cracked open the door of his place, she was overwhelmed by the strong mildew smell. She reached into...

Going to the Love Shack

Going to the Love Shack

As they drove on I-240 towards Asheville on the way to Mac’s apartment for a romantic weekend away, Lorraine found that she had made her legs bleed from the scratching she had been doing. Mac’s car was crawling with insects and Lorraine even spotted some mouse...

How ’bout a wild weekend away?

How ’bout a wild weekend away?

Gorgeous water color painting by Joyce Black-Woerz Lorraine and Mac were in a good place. (her place…)  She had resigned herself to being with a guy who was probably cheating on her and who left her house a mess, but was at least free-spirited. He was happy to...

Further News of Lorraine and Mac

Further News of Lorraine and Mac

Fictional account of life at 44 Cherry Street in Black Mountain 3x4' landscape view from Black Mountain by Ann Watcher Recently Lorraine caught a glimpse of herself in the hall mirror of her apartment at 44 Cherry Street, and was horrified by her looks. Normally...

Visit Betsy Davis’s Garden

You might remember when I wrote a series about Handmade Homes, houses of people I know who have unique, personal homes. Nothing cookie-cutter about them! They were each different from the others, but all were warm and welcoming. One of the first homes I featured was...

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