Digital Dignity – For the Lady
Timeless Teachings from Mrs. Stroupe’s Blackboard:
Inspirational Wisdom Through the Ages
In 1931, after completing her education at Winthrop College, 19-year-old Nancy Stroupe arrived in the mountains of western North Carolina from her home in the heart of South Carolina. She was very young and inexperienced when her educational career commenced, but she was armed with a few books and keepsake photographs and was full of plans to bring proper English to the children of Avery County. She was fascinated by the local people because they spoke what she called “the purest Elizabethan or Middle English in the world.”
Every school day, before students would embark on an exciting new expedition alongside Mrs. Stroupe in the study of history, literature, and the etymology of English and Latin, she would impart a new bit of knowledge by writing a different quote at the top of the blackboard. Mrs. Stroupe’s teaching career spanned five decades and she was adored by at least three generations of students, most of whom can still recite The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales!
In this delightful tome is her entire collection of interesting and useful axioms, all of which predate 1966. Many of these were not used in the classroom but were kept for her own personal amusement. Saved from numerous sources throughout the decades and glued in a notebook that has long seen better days, these truisms are now presented to you for your own pleasure and educational enlightenment. May they bring a smile to your face and light the path of your own journey!
If you enjoy inspirational or humorous quotes, you’ll definitely want to go to Amazon and order a copy of Danica De La Mora’s new book, “Timeless Teachings from Mrs. Stroupe’s Blackboard: Inspirational Wisdom Through the Ages.” This book contains nearly 350 pages of humorous and useful wisdom and it is sure to bring a few chuckles.
One Column At A Time: Reflections From A Publisher
For more than ten years, from 2000 to 2010, Nancy Stroupe (Morrison) was associated with several High Country area publications. She was general manager of The Avery Mountain Times, publisher and editor of The Avery Journal-Times, and publisher of All About Women, a magazine celebrating the women of the High Country. When her husband once referred to the weekly column she wrote as the book she was writing one column at a time, the idea for this book was born. Nancy took a number of her more interesting and/or entertaining columns and rewrote them into stand-alone stories and articles. This book not only imparts a lot of interesting information about the Western North Carolina High Country, but it also provides entertaining stories of people and places we all would enjoy visiting.
With her unique sense of humor and her unfailing love for the mountains of North Carolina, Nancy will have you laughing, crying, or pondering the universe with her. Explore the ghostly lights that dart around Brown Mountain, learn about a half-sister she didn’t know she had, read about her mother’s 100-year-old German doll, messages in bottles, and much more. Take a peek into the Stroupe and Sloop families of Avery County, and the wonderful experiences of growing up in such a family. Go ice skating on Dr. Sloop’s Dam, and brave the awful snows of 1960 when mountain children missed thirty straight days of school. Learn how life in the animal house really is!
There are funny stories, philosophical questions, helpful hints, and sentimental memories. Join Nancy for some wonderful adventures into the past, present, and–yes, even the future! But most of all, sit back and enjoy the read.