Spiritual Power in Our Own Backyard

An article in today’s New York Times on deaths in a sweat lodge in Arizona quotes Page Bryant, described as a “psychic in Waynesville, N.C.” Ms. Bryant herself had once been in Arizona, but left because the New Age craziness there was too much for her. She came to the mountains of western North Carolina where she taps into the ancient powers within the Great Smoky Mountains. Her experiences, and guidance for other seekers, can be found in The Spiritual Reawakening of the Great Smoky Mountains, a book that adds depth to the North Carolina Collection.

Score one for the ‘demon-worshippers’

“If you read ‘Paradise Lost,’ they think you’re a demon-worshipper.”

— Bill Flowers, owner of the Milestone Club in Charlotte, describing (in 1982) his neighbors’ reaction to the New Wave scene

This week the Milestone, still gritty but and now venerated, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Saturday: Raleigh’s Birds of Avalon. Among past acts: R.E.M., Nirvana, Melissa Etheridge, the Violent Femmes, the Go-Gos and Bo Diddley.