Native Traditions. Contemporary Life. Part 1

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK 209970

                                              autumn in asheville, nc                                                    

 Especially at this time of year ,when we are gathering together to talk with our neighbors beneath the brilliant tresses of maple trees, perhaps discussing the harvest, perhaps a season of plenty,  native traditions appear like colorful threads in the tapestry of contemporary life.

Yes...this year in the valley near our home in Guaxule (the Cherokee name for Asheville, North Carolina) a black bear raised three cubs, the wild turkey family, male, female and seven chicks roamed undisturbed, rabbits scooted here and there while hawks kept an attentive eye. At least one coyote howled loud enough to wake visiting grandkids.

Life outdid itself right out our back door.  ..but today it is more evident to many of us.

It's easy to get close to nature here; it's easy to let your imagination be IN nature just by looking out the window of a home I found for you, whether that be in the city, on a horse farm, or overlooking the roaring French Broad River.

 

 

I stood by the mighty French Broad River just this week..listening, watching...almost being able actually to see the greens changing to umber and red... quite an experience.

French Broad River, Asheville, NC

Did you know that Hernando De Soto's1540 chronicles reveal that this River is the source of the Mississippi? "In these mountains we found the source of the Great (Mississippi) River...the French Broad River...the head of the ‘Great River'...."

It's amazing to think that the River we all know, and some care for, is the source of the Mississippi. Equally amazing is another source in our bioregion.

As we journey through time and territory, that source reveals itself as the incredible energy of sense of place. It is so magnetic that few who visit, or are lucky enough to live here, are untouched.  Despite rapid and potentially ill-considered urban development, magic happens here.

To keep the magic alive, many (including real estate professionals like me)  seek the wisdom of those who first inhabited the lands we now call home.  

I'll be talking more about this soon, so please check back...and in the meantime, tell me how the Fall Colors are in our neck of the woods...and if you ,too feel a sense of connection with Native traditions in contemporary life.

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Comments (40)

ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779
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Ann~

You are a poet!....about trees and color and LIFE (I suspect) You commented, "...all the color all over the place, and then watch them unfold here in my own backyard all over again!..." verifying me that even in NH, "Life outdid itself right outside our back door" 

I am so looking forward to your next visit to Asheville...

Oct 16, 2007 03:53 PM
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Karen~

Your son is right about Asheville...and he's not alone...Asheville is on the Top 10 list of most desirable places in which to live repeatedly...not only is it attractive...but it is amiable. Let me know when you'll be in our backyard...I'll show ya'! around.

Oct 16, 2007 03:55 PM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP
janeAnne,  I'm working on it.  I may just surprise all of you one day.  :) 
Oct 17, 2007 11:12 AM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!
Thank you for the amazing photos.  Very peaceful ....our trees are in process but not as full color as these.  Beautiful time of year.
Oct 17, 2007 11:23 AM
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Stephanie~

After your read parts II and II of this Series, i bet you and your family will be on a road trip to visit Asheville =) and I'm smiling!

Oct 17, 2007 12:30 PM
Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
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:)  My daughter would rather go to NC than Disney.  She is after me at this point wondering when we can go.
Oct 17, 2007 12:56 PM
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Gary~

As you know, Autumn in Michigan is splendid! My Dad, a native of Michigan found it to be magical...so now we know at least 2 places on Earth that have the Fall Muse in full force!  =)

Oct 17, 2007 01:41 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
JaneAnne -- you paint such a wonderful picture with your words -- I am in awe how you do this -- and then, it is enhanced by the photos themselves.  It is a breath of fresh air.  I love this time of year.  I grew up in Oklahoma and was close with many Cherokee natives -- I even received an honorary Cherokee name (as mentioned in my MEME)!  This post brought back many wonderful memories of those lessons, the fall and being close to nature. 
Oct 17, 2007 04:00 PM
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Joan~

Thank you so much for your kind words. I try to bring a sense of what we real estate professionals can be all about to what I write. I like to think that we have the gift to show properties in the larger context of history. I have found this gift in your BLOG..which is why I subscribe to it =)

Oct 17, 2007 11:48 PM
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Steph~ 

I had to smile broadly when you mentioned that your daughter would rather go to North Carolina than Disneyworld! I think this may be one of the greatest compliments we here in NC could possibly enjoy. Thanks for sharing...

Oct 18, 2007 01:21 AM
Dena Stevens Coriz
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004

This just seems appropriate to this post :

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
Bill Vaughan
Oct 18, 2007 01:26 AM
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Dena~

I see you are looking at the glorious tree in the neighborhood near me here in Asheville...luckily, where our streets are named after trees, mostly they still stand...(we have lot our chestnut trees)...

Oct 18, 2007 02:10 AM
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs

janeAnne

Love the pictures, especially the full river. Oh where oh where is the water?

Oct 18, 2007 02:28 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
Fall is such a wonderful time of year - your blog together with the photos paint a beautiful picture - thanks -
Oct 18, 2007 02:43 AM
Anonymous
Anonymous
I think our fall is being delayed just a bit as well. I remember last season we were just hitting our peak of color in Asheville. It seems we are a week or two behind last year, but I am not complaining.
Oct 18, 2007 06:03 AM
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Bill Westel
Eco-Steward Realty - Asheville, NC
ECO
I think our fall is being delayed just a bit as well. I remember last season we were just hitting our peak of color in Asheville. It seems we are a week or two behind last year, but I am not complaining.
Oct 18, 2007 06:07 AM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
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JaneAnne~

It's easy to get close to nature here; it's easy to let your imagination be IN nature just by looking out the window of a home I found for you

Isn't it beautiful to look outside the window and see hawks flying and deer playing. It is a wonderful place you talk about and from your description I can tell you have looked out those windows many times and have been a part, and a witness, of nature! 

Oct 18, 2007 04:49 PM
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Susan~ 

Good to hear from you! How are things over in your part of NC? Well..after days and days of sunny skies, we have had a HUGE rain...where oh where was right!..now let's see what happens, next...

Oct 19, 2007 04:42 AM
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Barbara-Jo and Bill~

Lots of folks from down your way head up to the Asheville area mountains this time of year to be awe-inspired by COLOR! Hope our photos help out (I'm smiling)...and come on up for a visit!

Oct 19, 2007 04:45 AM
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Bill~ 

Now if we can just not be rained out of LEAF Season, eh? I agree, we do seem a tad behind this year...and of all things, my perennial mums who showed up by my back door last year in August have just arrived...so..what do you think? climate change?

Oct 19, 2007 04:48 AM