Simple Life

The Dash of Life by Jim Dodson In an early episode from one my favorite British dramas, a charming program called “Delicious,” a roguish head chef, speaking from his grave in a Cornwall [...]

Wandering Billy

You Auto Be in Pictures How babies were made in the ’60s By Billy Eye   “Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.” ― Martin Scorsese The history is vague but it’s been well [...]

Simple Life

Brief Notes from a Transcendental Trout Stream By Jim Dodson   Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson noted that life comes with compensations. I’ve long believed this to be true, and this week did [...]

Fair Winds and Following Seas

USCGC Diligence departs Wilmington By John Wolfe   •   Photographs by Andrew Sherman   It’s a cool gray Memorial Day morning, and the tide is nearly full beneath the big white ship moored at [...]

September Almanac

Almanac September breaks you open with her golden hours, her wildflowers, her long, sweet kiss of transience. She is absolute radiance. Summer in her loveliest form. And one day, out of nowhere, [...]

Simple Life

Unexpected September And the art of rolling with the punches   By Jim Dodson Not long ago, my daughter took a new job and moved with her fiancé from New York City to Los Angeles, or as I try [...]

The Omnivorous Reader

The Write Stuff What makes memorable writing work?   By Stephen E. Smith “These are the times that try men’s souls.” “The world will little note nor long remember . . .” “A date which will [...]


Cri de Kora This year’s FolkFest is one for the ages “Band, we’re ready for sound check!” At the announcement, Diali Cissokho (pronounced “Djelly See-so-ko), sporting a colorful tunic in contrast [...]

Mural, Mural on The Wall

Raman Bhardwaj sends big messages with oversize art By Maria Johnson   •   Photographs by Lynn Donovan   Artist Raman Bhardwaj stands so close to movie star Lupita Nyong’o, he can feel the [...]

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