Wandering Billy

Mex ’n’ Match No less than four new restaurants expand Downtown’s dining scene By Billy Eye “How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” ― Julia Child This month Eye offer [...]

In The Spirit

Rum Discovery Straight up sugar cane By Tony Cross In the spring of 2018, I was able to get into the five-year anniversary party at the mezcal bar Gallo Pelon in Raleigh. It was a fun night [...]

True South

Dog Days of Winter Because, well, outside dog By Susan S. Kelly You knew that sooner or later, there’d be a column on dogs. February may seem a strange choice, but when it comes to my dog — a [...]

Featured Artist

“Homewoods, Winter”, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches Jeremiah Miller: Finding Solitude Jeremiah Miller used to paint models, posing them in front of windows. Eventually, he became [...]

Short Stories

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow With one exception: Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony! A musical joke so typical of the maestro, Symphony No. 45, as it’s also known, was composed as a plea among the [...]

February Poem

The Arrow I tried to explain Cupid to a 4-year-old today.  He was making a Valentine for his grandmother,  festooning a pink paper heart with stamps and stickers,  writing ‘I love you’ across it [...]

Creative Crossroads

For artist Kelly Rightsell, home is an ever-changing canvas By Nancy Oakley   •   Photographs by Amy Freeman “I always have this feeling: It would be great to have this blank place to work where [...]

The Accidental Astrologer

The New and the Proud Transformation is the name of the game By Astrid Stellanova The new year’s percolating, the stars are circulating and a new you is brewing. . .  Or an old you looking like [...]


Speed Dating and Mating For mallards, timing is everything By Susan Campbell For some birds — like mallards here in central North Carolina — spring comes early. While other birds are simply [...]

Simple Life

The Winter Gardener There’s plenty of life stirring beneath the season’s snows By Jim Dodson As you read this, the first winter of the new decade is drawing to a close. Like a certain fabled [...]

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