Simple Life

Saving George An anchor of enchantment in the front yard    By Jim Dodson His name is George. That’s what we’ve taken to calling him, at any rate. He’s old and bent with age, probably close [...]

O.Henry Ending

The Rebel in Me A gourmet’s shameless confession   By David Claude Bailey Whenever, as a teenager, I would do something that was beyond stupid, as in outright illegal, like seeing if our [...]

Christmas on Tate

It’s cozy, over the top and perfectly holly jolly By Cynthia Adams   •   Photographs by Amy Freeman   Grumps and Grinches beware. To enter Katrina and Nat Hayes’ College Hill bungalow is to [...]

The Creators of NC

Art in Service Rosalia Torres-Weiner’s flowers blossom By Wiley Cash Photographs by Mallory Cash   People begin arriving at 2 p.m. sharp on a Saturday afternoon at the Compare Foods [...]

The Elf Doctor

Dr. Kimberlee D. Shaw prescribes a little comic relief to cure the pandemic blues  By Cynthia Adams   •   Photographs by Bert VanderVeen   With a languorous stretch and neck roll, Dr. [...]

All Squared Away

Barn quilts that blanket the landscape By Maria Johnson   •   Photographs By Lynn Donovan We know you’re tired of scandals and lies, but we think you deserve to know the truth about barn quilts. [...]

Prayers of the People

Photographs by Lynn Donovan Not every prayer is formal or religious. Many are not. Bestselling author Anne Lamott wrote Help, Thanks, Wow as a reminder that, yep, a prayer can be as simple as one [...]

Poem December 2020

Worksock If I could round up stockings I’d take all the holey ones from Mama’s box of sewings, My father’s, first, the heel ragged as a monkey’s face. I’d hang that sock again for him And pray [...]

Wandering Billy

Psychic on the Corner This time it wasn’t a scam. Even for a natural skeptice   By Billy Eye You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings. — Elizabeth [...]

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