Life’s Funny

Chop House The sport of axe-throwing lands in the Piedmont By Maria Johnson Tony Wohlgemuth, the wizard of Kersey Valley amusement park in Archdale, has noticed an invasion of sorts along our [...]

Heart of Red Oak

Beer — and Bill Sherrill — are proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy By Jim Dodson  • Photographs by Laura Gingerich On a recent warm spring Friday evening, the bar at Red Oak [...]

Short Stories

Flower Power We take them for granted as we’re tearing down Interstates 40 and 85 in a mad rush (and one hopes, not texting and driving). But why not stop and smell, if not the roses, the [...]

Drinking with Writers

Blood Memory Five friends and a meal to remember By Wiley Cash   •   Photographs by Mallory Cash In his first poetry collection, 1998’s Eureka Mill, Ron Rash writes about the connection he feels [...]

The Omnivorous Reader

On the Lighter Side The study of humor can be serious business By Stephen E. Smith “Who was Alexander the Great’s father?” my 11th grade history teacher asked (this was back in the day when [...]

True South

Only in the South When layaway simply won’t do By Susan S. Kelly Admit it: There are scenes and situations that could only happen in the South. I’m not talking about moonshine, magnolias, accents [...]

Wandering Billy

Hamming it Up Going Hollywood, a birthday bash and new life for urban spaces By Billy Eye “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” — Mae [...]

May Poem 2019

Four Egrets at the Reservoir Four great egrets, the wands of their slender necks waving, wade through tall reeds and tranquil water to the sound of a kingfisher’s call. The tops of surrounding [...]

Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue

Catherine Harrill pushes aside old boundaries in her brilliantly edited new home By Cynthia Adams   •   Photographs by Amy Freeman Jazz plays softly in Catherine Harrill’s Fountain Manor [...]

The Accidental Astrologer

Stardust Memories Forget the Vegas floor show and look to the skies for a spectacle you’ll never forget By Astrid Stellanova If you’re a fan of the fantastic, find a good spot for sky-watching [...]

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