Wandering Billy

Dog’s Best Friend Jessica Mashburn’s Furr Frame pinups find animals fur-ever homes     By Billy Eye “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – [...]

Scuppernong Bookshelf

Book Orders Out of Chaos Reading as an antidote to the roots of division   Compiled by Brian Lampkin It’s impossible to keep up with the rapidly changing events in America at the moment. Our [...]

Birdwatch

Bird on a Wire Meet “the other bluebird,” the indigo bunting   By Susan Campbell “What, what? See it, see it! Here, here!!” Where? It’s a bird: high up on a power line singing incessantly, [...]

Short Stories

The Astrological Scuttlebutt for Ragged Claws Dip a toe in the water, grab the Old Bay Seasoning and dance by the light of the silvery moon now that it’s Joo-ly and reign of the crab is in full [...]

The Sporting Life

Beach Daze When only O.D. and The Pad would do   By Tom Bryant I grew up in the ’50s, and I believe the lifestyles during those wonderful times will never be seen again. World War II was [...]

Spirits

In the Mix Pierre Ferrand 1840 shines   By Tony Cross My introduction to cognac happened in the late summer of 2003. I had my first “front of the house” job at an intimate, independent [...]

The Pied Piper of Latham

How Jimmy Donaldson has endeared himself to his four-legged neighbors By Nancy Oakley   •   Photography by Sam Froelich     It begins much like the Twilight Bark described in The 101 [...]

Poem July 20

Buster Gets a Bath When I pick him up and tilt to the bathtub he falls limp with shock This cannot be. . . . Then it’s dark thoughts from dark eyes, the dog I love so much hates me A torture [...]

Simple Life

By Jim Dodson The last time I went to church was back in middle March. Seems like half a lifetime ago.  On Sunday mornings these days — most days, actually — I’m out well before sunrise watering [...]

The Omnivorous Reader

Going Viral Shedding light on dark days   By Stephen E. Smith In the mid-’90s, Richard Preston’s nonfiction The Hot Zone was a bestseller. Based on a 1989 outbreak of an Ebola-like strain of [...]

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