Introduction to Burnsville NC and “Dr. Footloose”

Shortly after arriving in Burnsville back in June, I crystallized a fantasy that this Appalachian town – where prohibition had only been rolled back 10 years ago and, although there is a brewery pub, there is no place to go dancing – needed a dance hall.

(The red brick upstairs “night club” of Dr. Footloose – right next to the gray stone City Hall and police station.)

I found the exact right spot for this club, right off the Town Square – in the form of abandoned antique shop and, before that, the town post office.

I elaborated this fantasy with a wish to take possession Dash – by renting or buying – of this commercial property by my birthday weekend: Saturday, September 26, 2020.

None of that happened, but I did return to the back lot of the proposed future “Dr. Footloose night club and dance hall” on September 26 – where I shot a video describing my relationship to Burnsville and my dreams for this club.

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These days all of my identities are converging: whether I am offering a blessing in the grocery store checkout line, offering a prayer in a poem or experiencing the kinship with all life while walking my or a client's dog - it's all the same. It's all Life.

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