My Rant & Rave for the Week

Feliz Cinco de Mayo –

With that being said how many of you celebrate a holiday of another country and know nothing about it? You have no idea what it is based from, but yet drink to it?

Who can tell me (White-Americans) what the holiday stems from?

You want to celebrate it by going to their restaurants &/or drinking, but yet you want Trump to get rid of them? SMH….can’t have your cake & eat it too!

It really pisses me off when my husband & I are in a Mexican Restaurant eating and (there’s always one) someone is staring at us like we don’t belong there, Seriously? What are they doing in a Mexican restaurant? They aren’t Mexican. What do they expect? If they are racist then why are they there in the first place?

North Carolina has had quite an increase in Hispanic population over the past 20 years. But the majority of people here are still not accepting them. In other areas of the country like up north there are many races with neighborhoods, schools, & churches that are diversified living in harmony. But here in the South there is still that dark cloak of prejudice people won’t let go as if they are protecting their sanctity of a pure race. You would think that in these days of the 21st century that racism and prejudice would be at a minimum, but it is still living strongly in the school systems, work place and the streets in the South.

Let me say that I am a white American and was married to a Hispanic. My daughters have been fortunate enough to grow up in a multicultural family. With this upbringing I believe that I have raised them teaching them not to be prejudice against anyone. There is no excuse for bringing up a child any other way.

So when you go out today or this evening to “celebrate” Cinco de Mayo” aka. the 5th of May, know what you are celebrating. Impress your friends or the wait staff at Pancho Villa or Dos Amigos. These are good people and they work hard to make your dining experience a good one. Give them something back as recognition that you appreciate them enough to learn something about their country.

Muchas Gracias,


Here’s a link to explain what Cinco de Mayo really represents:   What is Cinco de Mayo





A Country Morning in the Hollar

My Every Morning Ritual

Most mornings I sit on my back porch with my much needed large cup of coffee watching the landscape wake up from it’s dark state of nocturnal activities. I can hear the bell ringing on a lead goat down the hollar a ways, as he leads his herd of followers out into the new morning light to graze on the new fresh spring sprouts shooting up through the just recently thawed ground.. The birds are chirping as a new day begins reminding other fowl that is their territory, to stay out.

I light up my first cigarette savoring that first relief of nicotine, and no matter how many more you smoke that day you will not get that same feeling again until you wake up the next morning and do it all over again.

I live up at the farther end of the hollar on a slope. Behind my place on the other side of the hollar is a neighbor with a beautiful pond that has an Artesian well just above it, supplying it with fresh cold spring water continuously. It is so soothing and relaxing hearing the flow splashing into the pond in the morning. There is no better way to start the day, I’ll not do it any other way again after given this chance to enjoy the tranquility.


Just last week the trees were blooming their majestic beauty with all their different colored blooms and fragrances. Decorating the pond like a parade of Mother Nature, but now the flowers have faded fast thanks to Jack Frost who still comes to these parts even in May sometimes. The leaves are filling out and it’s getting harder to see the pond from the porch more and more everyday. The weeping willow tree has filled out so much since we moved here 4 years ago, it’s branches cascading down to the ground as if in morning. Even though we cleared off most off our property to see the pond, I enjoy more listening to the waterfall coming from the Artesian well.

I can sit here endlessly. But eventually I have to get up, go back into the house and do something productive. Thinking about getting up makes me light just one more stogy. What the heck, we only live once might as well enjoy it while I can.

Leslie Zpt.

NC Smokey Mts, Pisgah National Forest, Brown Mountain


Here’s some local Festivals coming up:

May 7, 2016 – NC Butterfly Festival –

May 13-15, 2016 – Daniel Boone Festival –

July 8, 2016 – NC Blackberry Festival –