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Welcome to my blog and podcast, dreamer!

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Here's where I share articles, ideas, meaningful conversations, and actionable tips to help you live a life of creative freedom. And of course, ruminations on all things Appalachian!


Cornbread and Tortillas


Life Stories


Podcast Episodes


I’m Carla, and I’m so happy you’re here. I love having this personal medium to share stories, creativity, and other important things. I hope you find inspiration as you listen and read along!

Here are some of my faves…

PODCAST: My Culture Is Not Your Costume,
Appalachia Edition

PODCAST: Blurred Lines: Flatfooting & Clogging
& Bluegrass & Old-Time

BLOG: Appalachian Clogging and Flatfooting and Buck Dance, oh my!

BLOG: Hoe cakes, Bee Songs, and Play Pretties…

BLOG: Best Shoes for Appalachian Flatfooting & Clogging

Latest Episodes of What Dreamers Do Podcast

An Interview with Writer/Yogi Kelli Hansel Haywood Appalachian Author/Yogi Kelli Hansel Haywood’s life and practice is firmly rooted in the soil of her native East Kentucky. In this interview, she speaks about home, art, motherhood, healing, and her artistic processes.  Some of the things we talk about include: The way her knowledge of her kin […]

Sacred Catharsis:

A Musical Interview with Cari Norris I’m releasing this interview with Kentucky musician/artist/icon Cari Anna Norris, recorded in the summer of 2021. As Kentucky mourns her passing this week, I wanted to honor her memory with this sweet interview I conducted as part of my dance project, the Kentucky Tour de Dance. She tells us […]

Her Native Language:

Why is it that we don’t always make time for doing the things we love? And then when we finally do them (and feel great) we wonder why in the world we waited so long? LISTEN TO THE EPISODE NOW In this podcast, I muse about why that might be the case, and argue for why […]

Your Creative Permission Slip

Tips & Inspiration for Your Creative Life This quick episode is allll about giving you a sneak preview of the amazing creators and tips inside my free e-book, How To Live Your Most Creative Life. I put this together to inspire you, help you break through blocks and stuck places, and get a little motivation […]

Your Creativity Playbook:

An Interview with Priestess Deepshikha Sairam How moving beyond fear and connecting with your intuition helps every area of your life. Are you someone who is drawn to growth, transformation, and living your most authentic, soulful life? If so, you’re going to LOVE this week’s guest.  Her name is Deepshikha Sairam, and she’s a Priestess of the […]

Alchemy & Unbecoming:

An Interview with Sam Gleaves This week I’m continuing my chat with musician/songwriter/educator/Appalachian Artivist Sam Gleaves about a bevy of subjects dear to our hearts and our work in Kentucky and beyond. He talks about how his work with cultural organizations such as the Appalshop, The Highlander Center, and Berea College have deepened his activism […]

Appalachian Artivism (Part 2): 

An Interview with Sam Gleaves Part 1 Our interview guest for this week is multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, and Appalachian Music Professor Sam Gleaves, who was born and raised in Wytheville, Virginia. Rooted in Appalachian sounds, Gleaves’ songwriting sings of contemporary rural life and social issues. In 2015, Gleaves collaborated with Grammy-winning producer Cathy Fink and […]

Appalachian Artivism: 

Change Your Mind to Change the World Whether or not you believe that our thoughts create our reality, I think we can all acknowledge that our attitudes and habitual thoughts can affect our quality of life. I have had a lifelong fascination with the ways that our everyday thoughts, especially the ones we think over […]

Let It Be Easy:

(And Why I Love Them!) This was a hard episode to record, because there are SO MANY songs I love.And, full disclosure, this list might vary on any given day–just as yours likely would! Some of these you will likely have heard, and I hope that others will be a delightful discovery.I tried not to […]

10 Songs I Really Love

How I Gave Up and Found Love I love a good love story, so I decided to share the improbable story of how I met my true companion a bit later in life. (Even though we’d met as kids when my search for baklava in a town we’d both just moved to landed me in […]

Love Is a Living Thing:

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Carla is currently based in Lexington, KY, ancestral lands of the Adena, Hopewell, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), and Wazhazhe Maⁿzhaⁿ (Osage) nations.

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