Poem December 21

WET CHRISTMAS for Richard Hood I’m cooking a pizza in the oven. Every bit of steam’s frolicking. Snug on my high bed, the sheets listen. From dawn to dusk the barnyard lights glisten When I [...]

Wandering Billy

Jewels at The Crown Do you hear what I hear? A night of live music sure to spellbind   By Billy Eye Without music, life would be a mistake. — Friedrich Nietzsche Hey, I love Christmas as [...]


A Tree of Delights Decorating can be for the birds, too   By Susan Campbell This season, why not create a gift for your feathered friends and consider “decorating” a holiday tree just for [...]

The Pleasures of Life Dept.

O Christmas Tree Poor, rusted Christmas tree   By Ruth Moose When water is up to your waist, the last thing you think about is Christmas. And certainly not Christmas trees. You rescue what [...]

Featured Artist

Rock On Artist Viktoriya Saltzman’s painted path to freedom     By Maria Johnson Viktoriya Saltzman touches time-worn river rock with a needle-sharp brush, transferring beads of [...]

Home by Design

Fruitcake Weather It’s here. And so are the memories   By Cynthia Adams Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” a paean to love, is Capote at his best. The tale centers on young Buddy, [...]

Scuppernong Bookshelf

Holiday Treasures Some old, some new. All bursting with magic   Compiled by Shannon Purdy Jones Growing up, one of the things I most looked forward to about the holiday season was [...]

Omnivorous Reader

Hell of a Read A dizzying journey of the imagination By Anne Blythe The adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover is not one that works for the fourth novel written by Jason Mott, a writer [...]

The Creators of N.C.

Cultivating Community Caroline Stephenson steps out from behind the camera   By Wiley Cash  •  Photographs by Mallory Cash According to filmmaker Caroline Stephenson, “It’s all about [...]

Life’s Funny

Ted Talk A few serious words about humor   By Maria Johnson To: Ted Koppel From: Me Re: Stay in your lane Dear Mr. Koppel: “How do you do, Mrs. Wile-y?” Do these words mean anything to you? [...]

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