You’ve been looking forward to Sunday supper all week; it’s a family tradition. Your imagination is taking you back to a place you haven’t visited in at least 40 years.

Memories of your favorite foods at Grandma’s Sunday dinners come rushing back.  The aroma of cracklin’ cornbread and homemade biscuits drifts through your mind.  Even your city dwelling friends will be impressed if they’ll agree to come along on your comfort food expedition into bygone years.  All that’s needed is an appreciation for down home comfort foods such as chicken ‘n dumplings, creamy mashed potatoes, and string beans.  

As a home cooked southern supper fan, your taste buds are in for a treat! For maximum results, fast for at least 15 hours before your trip so that you can take full advantage of this all-you-can-eat buffet.  If you love the smell and taste of homemade cobblers, you’re in the right place.

It’s a pastoral place of meadows, rolling hills, beautiful old oak trees, and dogwoods. This farm house is very much like the one that holds so many memories for you.

You smell the scent of flowers in the country garden – lilacs, primrose, tea roses and petunias. You park just outside a country home. You’re just in time for the home-cooked supper you’ve been longing for!

As you walk up the path toward the screened porch, you see goats and their kids. They beg for some attention as they stick their heads through their cattle fence. A calico kitty and her kittens lounge in the shade of the yard. The 7 kittens are bright orange, shiny black, soft cream, and calico.  You smile.


Inside is a place that is much like grandma’s house of your childhood except here the screened porch is peopled not by your extended family but by folks not unlike the ones your family knew and gossiped about at the dinner table.

It’s a country home converted into a restaurant. You know right away that this is no national chain for the masses! 

This is the real deal – The Old Place in Bear Creek, NC.  The Old Place is located at 289 Elmer Moore Road, Bear Creek, NC south of Siler City, just off of Highway 421. They are open Friday and Saturday from 4pm- 9pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm. 919-837-5131.


Owners Lu Anne and Laura Moore are the mother/daughter backbone of The Old Place.  This team is passionate about entertaining! “We promise food that looks and tastes marvelous. We approach your visit not as a one-time event but as the start of a long-time relationship.  We promise great food, courteous service, and dedication in making every meal memorable.”

 You enter the parlor and are greeted by two sweet, southern ladies to whom you’re happy to give $13 for this mouth-watering buffet.  Often you’re greeted by Lu Anne or Laura.

Once inside what was once a living room has been transformed into a room filled with home-cooked, food. The aroma changes to fresh baked cornbread and biscuits. Just like grandma’s house, this is all you can eat. You’ve waited six days to splurge on Sunday, and now your wait is at an end. 

Finally, you fill your plate from the wide selection; this may take two plates!  Entrée choices include fried chicken, country ham, chicken ‘n dumplings, country fried steak, chitterlings, fried white fish and fried shrimp.

Side dishes are cooked to perfections, no soggy veggies here: green beans, fried okra, succotash, turnip greens, pickled beets, cole slaw, yams, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese.

Take a seat in one of three dining rooms. A server (member of the Moore extended family) will bring your choice from among your favorites – sweet or un-sweet tea, lemonade, a soft drink or the ever popular spring water.

Be sure and leave room for homemade dessert:  warm berry cobbler, apple crisp, chocolate graham cracker treat and banana pudding with fluffy meringue.

Whether they’re nostalgic locals or spellbound foodies, visitors enjoy the delicious, home cooked indulgences to their hearts content.

For many diners, The Old Place is much more than mouthwatering food; it’s a reminder of the people they loved from bygone days.  Guest, Bob M. posted, “This place is heaven for those of us raised on real southern country food.  Fatback, cracklin’ cornbread, fried okra, country ham, chicken-fried steak … the list goes on. I recited the menu to my father, who has not had fatback since his mother died 30 years ago, and tears came to his eyes.” (Yelp)

Jamie Nunnelly confesses on her Facebook page Eat It, NC, “Their chicken breasts are big and meaty, most likely coming from one of the many chicken farmers nearby. The crust is flaky and perfectly browned with just the right amount of seasoning. The beans have the saltiness of the fatback that they were cooked in, but they are not too soggy, as some green beans tend to get at some other southern food restaurants. The succotash is made with tender littler butter beans and kernels of corn. The macaroni and cheese is soft and creamy and is covered with lots of cheese.  The yams are roasted in some butter and I’m guessing some brown sugar.”  

Jamie considers herself a bit of a “foodie,” and loves to try all kinds of cuisine. She has traveled to places such as Colombia, Europe, Costa Rica, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico.

 ALAS, all the magic that is this fabulous comfort food restaurant will soon be gone just like grandma’s country home! That’s why it’s urgent that we go as often as possible this month. After Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5, it will be no more! The Moore’s are taking their home cooking skills to a catering only business. No more Sunday dinners, unless you book your birthday party, wedding or Christmas dinner.

That’s right. This month and the first five days of September are our last chances to indulge in the flavorful, scrumptious truly Southern food!  Remember, they’re only open on weekends, Friday and Saturday from 4pm- 9pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm, only 12 more days to steep yourself in the authentic old southern recipes of The Old Place.  

 Jamie Nunnelly confesses about her last visit, “I had a plate full of all my favorites: fried chicken, green beans, yams, turnip greens, macaroni and cheese, a berry cobbler and other goodies as well. I had to have a glass of sweet tea to wash it all down. This is like getting a big Southern hug.”  Her plate full of comfort will soon be a thing of the past. Let’s get a move on before it’s too late!

Lu Anne and Laura Moore make this promise about their new catering business, “We will personalize a menu designed to cater to you and the needs of all your guests, with beautiful presentation and taste that will leave your guests asking for our secrets.”  They will surely keep this promise. But most of us won’t have the warm, comforting experience of our favorite foods prepared by the best!

A few may relive the days of real southern cooking through The Old Place Catering. For those who won’t, the Moore’s offer something special. So, be sure and save the dates over Labor Day weekend to go with me to Bear Creek to The Old Place.

As a parting gift, the Moores invite you to come over Labor Day weekend and use their discount coupon of $3 off each dinner. This offer brings the price of their fabulously yummy all-you-can-eat dinner to the price of dinner when they opened their doors to the public in the fall of 2006. (Coupon for printing is available below.)

The Old Place has long held a special place in the hearts of the natives of North Carolina.  Soon that “special place” will be a memory. As with Sunday dinners at Grandma’s house, it’s sad to see it go!


The Moore Family cordially invites you to the farewell weekend at THE OLD PLACE, 289 Elmer Moore Road, Bear Creek, NC south off Siler City, just off of Highway 421. Open Friday and Saturday from 4pm- 9pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm. 919-837-5131. Each coupon entitles the holder to $ 3 off supper with us.


Lu Ann & Laura                          $3 off

The Old Place Review was completed as coursework for AWAI’s AP.

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Kathy Moll

How It All Began

“He had a heart that did not know the meaning of fear or disloyalty or of meanness…” was Albert Payson Terhune’s description of his big, sable collie Lad who died at age 16.  Lad was born at Sunnybank, Pompton Lake, NJ in 1902, and was immortalized in Terhune’s many collie novels beginning in 1916, with Lad: a Dog.

When dog trainer Rudd Weatherwax took his recently “rescued” collie Pal to tryouts for the 1946 film Lassie Come Home, movie studio executives were less than impressed with Pal’s appearance.

Attitudes quickly changed, when as part of the audition, Weatherwax directed Pal to jump into a raging river, swim to the other side, drag himself onto shore, and collapse as though he were at death’s door.  The stunned film director said, “Pal may have gone into the water, but it was Lassie that came out!”  The rest, as they say, “is history.”

The Collie National Competition Comes to NC

Lad and Lassie made the collie the most beloved animal cultural icon of the 20th century. Millions of children and adults came to know and love this wonderful, loyal and intelligent breed.  Lad, Lassie, and legions of their progenitors will be coming to North Carolina from March 25 through 31, 2007, for the Collie Club of America, Inc. national all-collie conformation show and performance trials.

The Collie Club of America national club is working in conjunction with the North Carolina-based Piedmont Collie Club to host this annual American Kennel Club sanctioned event, which rotates to various states around the country.  In March of 2007, the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center on highway 49 in Concord, NC, Cabarrus County will be the primary location for the collie festivities.

What to Expect

The CCA held its first national specialty show in 1894 and has continued to do so, with only a few exceptions, on a yearly basis.  The CCA has divided the United States into 6 Zones each containing a number of states whose local collie clubs bid to host the national show in their state.

The yearly national event is run by the local host collie club granted the bid in the appropriate zone in conjunction with the CCA national organization.  The 2007 bid winner, the Piedmont Collie Club, was formed 30 years ago to promote the collie breed through education, collie rescue efforts, and local all-collie dog shows.

The collie’s versatility will be on major display when an estimated 1,100 total collie entries compete in a range of venues.  On Sunday and Monday, March 25 and 26, collies will compete in herding trials at “Way-To-Me Farm” in Sanford, NC.

Tuesday, March 27, is the first day of agility trials to be held on the Midway at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord.  Agility will continue on Wednesday, March 28, and the conformation show will begin that day inside the Centers 28,000 square foot arena and continue through Sunday, March 31.  Obedience and rally trials will also take place inside the arena on Thursday, March 29, and Friday, March 30.

A Little More History

The Collie Club of America, Inc. was formed in 1886 to promote and protect purebred collies and encourage their registration with the American Kennel Club.  The membership of the organization has grown from 50 members 120 years ago to 2,000 plus members today.

The CCA encourages the improvement of the collie breed as loving companions, working dogs, and AKC competition dogs. It promotes collie health in conjunction with the Collie Health Foundation, which donated nearly $41,000 to veterinary health research in 2005.

Correct collie appearance and temperament are promoted by responsible collie fanciers through strict adherence to the AKC Collie Breed Standard.  The national club and local collie clubs seek to safeguard the breed loved by those who have read Albert Payson Terhune’s early 20th-century collie classics and who have watched Lassie in films since the 1940’s and on television since the 1950’s.

The Modern Collie

Contrary to the popular stereotype of the collie as an exclusively sable (brown) and white breed with a long coat, Lad and Lassie actually come in a range of beautiful colors and two coat length varieties.  Traditional sable and white is one such color but tricolor, blue merle, and color headed whites complete the array. Eric Knight, author of the original “Lassie” books indicated that she was a tri-color! The long coated rough variety is complemented by its counterpart, the short coated smooth variety.


Event Accommodations

To book overnight accommodations for The Collie Club of America National Specialty Show and Trials contact XXXXX

I wrote “Lassie Comes Home to the Carolina’s” for  Carolina Country Magazine published in the March edition 2007.


Submitted By Kathy V. Moll, committee chair  

(chair last 4 months2013 through first 4 months 2015) 

Committee Members from mid-2013 to mid-2015: Emily Berkley, Isabel Ososki, Leslie Rappaport, Ellen Russell & Jeanine Blaner (CCA WCC chair and BOY consultant)

The new proposal for rough and smooth breeders of the year was approved by the CCA Board as of January 2015. Our goals to complete by May 2015 were:

  1. Suggest a BOY Committee Chair for Future Awards as per the President’s Request
  2. Assist the New Chair & New Committee Members in Overseeing the 2015 Awards
  3. Help Create an Application for Breeders
  4. Make Suggestions & Begin Plans for Tangible Awards for Each Variety

New Committee Chair Appointment & Orientation

Out of 6 possibilities, the committee unanimously voted that President Van Tassel ask Amy Gau to serve. He asked and Amy accepted (appointment pending BOD approval). Subsequently, Amy met with this committee on our May 13 conference call so that we could answer her questions and tie up loose ends with her assistance.

We brainstormed with Amy about the makeup of her committee going forward. I volunteered to consult as did Jeanine who will either advise or ask one of her CCA WCC members to do so. Isabel volunteered to be a member of Amy’s committee for some initial cross-over. Amy seemed pleased with these suggestions. As soon as she is approved, she will be asking others she feels will do a good job to be on her team. Committee members explained our process so that Amy could answer questions for her new committee members.

Our discussion about the new “percentage based conformation” portion of the award centered on the 75% total conformation portion, the largest part. When breeders apply during December ‘15 & January ‘16, they will submit the names & numbers for champions they bred or co-bred that finished in the calendar year 2015. The longtime desire expressed by many CCA members has been that a pure numbers game should be replaced by a percentage of collies produced in a typical year compared to the number of champions in the calendar year of the award.

Therefore, another breeder submission on the application will be the total number of live puppies (s)he bred or co-bred over calendar years ‘12, ‘13 & ’14 using their AKC record- keeping. The BOY Committee will calculate the average number of puppies per year. The percentage of champions the breeder produced in 2015 will be determined when the committee compares the average number or puppies per year produced over the previous three years with the number of champions for 2015.

Amy’s new committee will receive automatic performance title updates from the CCA Working Collie Committee so no BOY committee members will need to keep up with new AKC title information or what titles stand for. Jeanine’s cooperation as a resource with the current committee has been wonderful and will continue through her or one of her committee members.

We encourage breeders to contact their collie buyers that they know or believe have earned performance and/or service titles during the calendar year of the award to assist with the 15% of the award that applies to these areas. Perhaps a mass email to past collie buyers would get the desired result about titles on the other end of their collies’ names. The highest title earned for each collie in each performance/service area for the year of the award counts toward the 15% for the breeder.

Health testing, screening, and participation in studies on litters or individual collies count for 10% of the BOY awards. Agencies providing tests send results to the breeders and/or owners, usually online and/or in mailed paper copies. All breeders need do is keep health information with their kennel records.

CEA testing is what each CCA member agrees to by signing the Code of Ethics when joining or paying yearly dues. This is also the only testing “required” to qualify for the BOY awards in either variety. Additional health items give the breeder additional credit for what they do. The committee is not asking breeders for test results. Simple proof- of- testing or study participation is all that is required.

In addition to sample conformation conversions, the current committee has charts with point values and conversions in both the performance/service and health areas for the committee to use each year. The breeders do not need to do any calculations unless they choose to do so.

Breeder of the Year Application

I submitted a draft of a one-page BOY application for breeders to use to send in their information in four (4) areas. This form may be revised or changed by Amy’s committee if they wish.

The only information that breeders need to provide to the committee each year would be names & AKC numbers of champions they bred or co-bred; names and titles of performance/service titled collies they bred and choose to submit; health testing, screening and/or study participation for their collies; and the total number of live puppies produced and added together for the previous 3 years leading up to the award year. The application states, “I understand that most of the information I provided is a normal part of breeder record keeping and is subject to review if necessary.”

Future BOY committees will be responsible for inviting breeders who fall in the upper portion of raw number champions to apply if they so desire. Any other breeders who feel they may have a percentage possibility to win in either variety would be welcome to apply as well. The committee would then follow the charts and examples we have provided to calculate the winner in each variety. The process calculations are objective and impartial.

 Tangible Awards for Each Variety

We also included Amy in our suggestions for the tangible awards. Our previous thoughts had been for two, walnut plaques, with 24 brass plates each, for display at the national from year to year. These would stay in the Club’s possession.

The two 24-plate wooden plaques (Hodge’s Badge Company) cost approximately $350 total.

  • 10-1/2″ x 13″ Walnut Award Plaque
  • Top plate measures 8″ x 2-1/2″
  • Top plate can be engraved with 5 lines of text, 48 characters per line
  • Includes 24 small plates underneath top plate
  • Small plate can be engraved with 2 lines of text, 24 characters per line

In addition, the recipient in each variety would receive a 2 ½” high pewter medallion created by Rick Lingenfelter as a memento with a detachable plate to engrave with the recipient’s name and the year. One medallion would be a rough head study and the other medallion, a smooth head study.  Each would be mounted on felt and framed (included in the medallion price).

  • 30 pewter medallions (15 in each variety)
  • Design and Sculpting….$200
  • Mold and Tooling……….$225
  • Medallions 30 @ $25 each…$750
  • Total cost will be $1,175

Funding would need to be CCA BOD approved at a one-time cost of $1,525 total for awards covering fifteen (15) years. The per-year cost is $51 each for a rough and a smooth Breeder of the Year award.

Conclusion & Accolades

The current committee members who volunteer to participate with the newly appointed committee members will begin promoting participation in the rough & smooth breeders of the year as soon as soon as the new committee members are chosen.

I sincerely appreciate all the hard work my committee members contributed to create this new award. They never gave up! Instead, they overcame the many obstacles that no one else had previously to develop a “percentage based conformation” award that also included other important aspects vital to the future of our beautiful collies. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for their ingenuity and teamwork.

 PROGRESS REPORT – submitted to the BOD of the Collie Club of America and to the 2007 National Show Chair. 



Dear XXX:

The vast majority of the dogs I’ve met have an unexplainable attraction to me. Their owners say things like, “He never acts this excited to see anyone but me;” or “I’m sorry that she wants to climb all over you; she never acts like this.” I understand what’s happening because

I was a Dog in My Past Life!

This Was Me 

Actually, it’s probably a body language thing and the right smells.

I am a forty-year dog owner with many contacts in the world of animals. I’ve had cats off and on since the early 70’s, and a large parrot (Umbrella Cockatoo) for 15-years that now lives with a long-time friend who needed a companion for her Amazon.

Far and away, my heart has always belonged to dogs.  I’ve owned an Otter hound, Siberian Huskies, and a Belgian Malinois, but my absolute love, bar none, is my Collies (rough & smooth). Maybe it was the influence of Lassie in movies and on TV when I was growing up.

Maybe it happened because my mother wouldn’t allow me to have a dog, so I petted every single one I met. Even having been bitten twice did not deter me, much to my mother’s dismay.  I would tell her often, that once I was grown I’d have 20 dogs! She would tell me that she would never visit me and then would frown – her way of letting me know that the conversation was over.

Much to my mother’s disappointment, animals were and are my passion! She says she still loves me in spite of my quirk.

This Is the New, Improved Me

I’m retired from my 30 years as an English instructor at a two-year college.  I want to do something life-changing for myself and others. That’s the reason I was a teacher, and that’s the reason I am a copywriter.

I’m an AWAI member, and I’ve taken advantage of every free webinar they offer. Most recently, I listened to both of Clayton Makepeace’s wonderful free webinars Better Writing, Faster.  I just purchased the Infinity program. I’ve also recently joined the Professional Writer’s Alliance.

In addition to my AWAI programs, I’ve ordered and been through several programs offered by Ed Gandia.  He’s been an excellent instructor.  I’m also taking a short course in building a Word Press website. I have one for my collies that a friend set up for me 10-years-ago. I know how to maintain it but not how to set one up.  Visit While you’re there, please take a look at my writing samples on my Articles Page.

This Is My Idea of a Two-Way Street

I have skills to offer you, and you have entrée into the pet industry niche to offer me. We can help each other!  I am a copywriter looking for someone whose reputation I respect and who is copywriting in my niche.  I can help you with tasks that are on the back burner, but that need attention.

I can give you an extra set of eyes for proofreading and copy revision when you and your other employees are extra busy.  After 32 years of helping my writing students with expository writing, literary evaluations, technical writing, business writing, and so forth, I’ve proofread and offered revision advice to thousands of adult learners. (A class of mine figured out how many research papers I had read and critiqued – over 1,500 – not counting essays, short reports, journals and letters.)

I’m not sure whether or not you’ve already contacted some of the animal related online and catalog businesses I usually order from.  However, I may be able to pull in a few new prospects that could use your help; that is, if you have room for new clients. 

Positive Vibes

I am on an AWAI email list for “Positive Freelance Copywriting,” where we support members and critique writing. We don’t pull any punches, but we give many positive evaluations also and support folks at all levels.

I bring passion and enthusiasm to writing as a profession. One webinar presenter called this stage, “uninformed optimism.”  I’ll admit to optimism, but I believe I’m a realist about the many hours of work it will take to become an A-list writer.

I’ve looked through both of your highly informative and very impressive websites: and  I’ve listened to your Podcast with Ed Gandia on Creative Briefs and found it instructive and entertaining. It’s a unique, fresh approach that gets right to the heart of the client’s needs.

Please Take Action

Please let me know how I can help you. I’m excited to do so in any way that I can.  I’m eager to work with you using the internet at any job that you might have.  I look forward to having you as a role model.

Jumping the Curb


  • Continue to learn every day, advancing your skills and knowledge
  • Make meaningful connections
  • Focus on a niche market or industry
  • Adopt a sunny attitude toward making progress as a copywriter
  • Do whatever it takes to get ahead

Thank you for your consideration.


Kathy Moll





I have 30+ years of experience in all-breed stock dog training.  My own Nirvana collies (10 generations) have earned advanced herding & obedience titles. Most have also become conformation champions. Building core skills and keeping it simple are my strengths. I’ve become an expert at reading the stock and the dog.  I can teach you to foster a team relationship with your dog.


My methods are based on sound motivational principles. Your dog will use natural instincts.  No props are needed because I will help you assist your dog.  Both you and your dog will have the confidence to work together in the toughest conditions. 


I have trained Australian Shepherds, Belgian Tervurens, Border Collies, Rough & Smooth Collies, German Shepherds, Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Shetland Sheepdogs.  I welcome your stock dog, regardless of breed.


I own a small farm.  Dogs I’ve trained are excellent farm dogs. I participate in AKC, ASCA, and USBCHA events and exhibit in conformation and obedience. Dogs I’ve trained and handled have earned multiple all-breed and specialty High in Trials & Reserve High in Trials.

I’m proud of the many firsts we’ve had, such as my rough collie, Flash, who became the first AKC Dual Champion in breed history. I also handled Flash to Advanced B course sheep – also a first in the breed.  I have completed 5 obedience Utility titles, 7 Advanced B course titles, and 13 AKC Herding Championships.