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Why Do You Read?

Someone I follow on twitter posted a list of 12 reasons “Why We Read.”  If I asked you why you read, you might say “I enjoy reading.”  Maybe you would say “I read to learn.”  Perhaps you’d say “Reading relaxes me.”  You might say “I grew up reading...

The Great American Read

The Great American Read What is the Great American Read? PBS with the help of people all across our nation, has created a list of America’s 100 most loved novels! And starting Tuesday, May 22nd at 8pm Eastern Time, PBS will begin a summer series hosted by Meredith...

The Art of Wondering

On the subject of “nature walks” in Sally and Sarah Clarkston’s book “The Life Giving Home,” she writes the following:  “Such walks provide a matchless way to help children learn the art of attention, to train them in the art of wondering so that they learn to meet...

Gift giving…Offering a piece of your heart

We just wanted to remind you to consider our MoonPie General Store when it comes to gift giving.  Many of us spend considerable time searching for just the right gift.  When we give the right gift, it seems as if we have given a tiny piece of our heart to the person...

Less candy, more books!

Barrels of candy.  They sit inside our MoonPie General Store in a shop we call Yummy Bear.  And every single day while at work, I walk past those barrels again and again and again.  Sometimes I stop and pick up a single piece to enjoy.  On some days, I might stop a...

What’s In A Name?

I have tremendous respect for authors.  I sometimes think I have a book inside me that I could write.  I know I have a lot of words inside me trying to get out every day.  Just ask my wife…or my store staff.  I’m a talker.  And I do like to write short pieces.  But...

Coconut mini moonpies…are delicious!

In 2012 we changed our store name to MoonPie General Store and the Original Book Warehouse.  Since 1987, we had been selling books and some gifts as Book Warehouse.  Of course with the new name, came changes to the store layout and the product, and we now proudly...

Our Four Year Anniversary!

Four years ago yesterday...April 1, 2014...my work partner and friend George and I bought the MoonPie General Store in Pigeon Forge. It had already been our place of work. We’re both grateful for the many good things that have happened since this adventure started....

The Road Home

I am making myself laugh even as I start to write this. I was going to say “I picked up a book the other day.” Funny! If you work at a bookstore, you’re constantly picking up books. Sometimes you’re putting out books for your customers to shop. Sometimes you’re...

Hiking trails for the mind!

The Great Smoky Mountains.  We love these mountains, where the past and present share the same space, and old stories echo through the trees if you pause to look and listen.  Many stories and sights too wonderful to be contained in the mountains have spilled out of...

Friends

Today we celebrate “friends.”  How good it is to have people in your life you consider friends.  If you are fortunate, you have a few people in your life that you could trust with anything.  Who invest in your life with the kindness of their words and actions. ...

Simple

Sometimes Less is better than more. One is better than two. Resting is better than doing. Saving is better than spending. Listening is better than talking. Not having is better than having. Sometimes. Quiet is better than loud. Better than any noise at all. And a good...

Are You “Puzzled”?

So I was thinking about puzzles, and the word “puzzled.”  Puzzled means to be confused by something we don’t understand.  And a puzzle is a game or toy designed to test our skill at finding order or organization or making sense of something that seems confusing.  We...

Every Trip Has a Story

On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank in icy cold waters off the coast in the North Atlantic...400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. It seems the world has been captivated by this story ever since. There is an excellent Titanic attraction here in Pigeon Forge right...

The MoonPie General Store Basement

The basement.  Did you know our MoonPie General Store has a basement?  Go to the back of the store and down the stairs.  We call it our “GREAT BUY” Basement.  So what’s down there?  Well, our buyer is making some purchases, books and gifts, specifically for the...

New Year

Opportunity.  Possibility.  New beginnings.  Second chances. We don’t sell these.  But if we could, we would.  And I bet the line would stretch out the door and around the block. Truth is…these things are always right there.  You don’t have to wait for...

MoonPies!

MoonPies, MoonPies, MoonPies. If you’re from the South, you probably grew up with them. We hear stories all the time from people who remember special times growing up, eating moonpies and drinking RC cola. Some recall trips to the general store as a child where a...

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