Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 295–296 | Cite as

Little Things

  • McIntyre R. Louthan

We just returned from the mountains of western North Carolina where we spent several days visiting friends near Robbinsville, and had a thoroughly delightful week at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. The Folk School “seeks to bring people towards two kinds of development: inner growth as creative, thoughtful individuals, and social development as tolerant, caring members of a community.” This is accomplished through short courses on music, crafts, gardening, cooking, and dance. My wife, Fran, took “Learning to Play the Autoharp,” and I studied “Writing True Stories.” I almost took Blacksmithing, but the talent required to shape hot iron into useful objects exceeded the potentials of my ability. It is much easier for me to shape with words. The classes were great, the food was excellent, the community among the staff and students was wonderful, and the accommodations were-well, the lack of TV promoted community, and the beds were comfortable and the showers were hot. We...

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  1. 1.RadfordUSA

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