The Accidental Astrologer

Dark Side of the Moon As ironic as it is, this month’s total lunar eclipse is a highlight of 2018   By Astrid Stellanova Oh, my, Star Children! We are in for a treat on January 31st, when [...]

The House of Whispers

A Depression-era Tudor reimagined by designer Randal Weeks of Aidan Gray Home By Cynthia Adams   • Photographs by Amy Freeman If a house can talk (as my husband is convinced that they do) they [...]

Breathing Lessons

A New Year’s message about healing with trees By Ashley Wahl   •   Photographs by Chris Van Atta   Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. – John Muir Nothing is ours to keep. [...]

The Road to Greatness

Along a historic American highway, the heart and soul of a nation is revealed By Jim Dodson Over the past few months I’ve been traveling the Great Wagon Road, researching a book about the [...]

True South

For the Love of Nothing An entire month devoted to . . . whatever By Susan S.Kelly I speak now for that silent minority who fear to voice, confess, or admit their glad anticipation for, their [...]


Waterlogged Look for the charismatic, aquatic Pied-billed Grebe in winter By Susan Campbell Here in North Carolina, winter is the season for spotting waterfowl. Inland, in addition to Canada [...]

The Omnivorous Reader

Wrestling Prose An iconic insider on the art of writing well   By Stephen E. Smith In his latest book, Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, John McPhee deconstructs the process he’s spent a [...]

January 2018 Almanac

It is deep January. The sky is hard. The stalks are firmly rooted in ice.  —  Wallace Stevens, “No Possum, No Sop, No Taters” Begin Again Perhaps it’s true that the best narratives are cyclical, [...]

January 2018 Poem

About Magic A quantum taste of joy hidden in a top hat The wisdom of love up your sleeve Tell me your story as you rise wingless above the stage Let me make you believe in the vast unbelievable [...]

In The Spirit

Hot Toddies Warming up your winter cocktail repertoire By Tony Cross Maybe itís just me, but I think whiskey carries over better with folks during the colder months. I drink it year-round and [...]

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