Agent Of Change

How real estate ace Melissa Greer has made a space her own By Maria Johnson   •   Photographs by Amy Freeman       Going by the listing alone, real estate agent Melissa Greer was “meh” about the [...]

Almanac October 2023

October dares you not to look away. These early days of autumn, deciduous trees edging toward full glory, you wouldn’t dream of it. Brisk mornings enliven your senses. You can nearly taste the [...]


Enticing the Baltimore Oriole Red carpet treatment for an occasional guest By Susan Campbell Northerners who relocate to central North Carolina often ask me about birds familiar to them that seem [...]

Poem October 2023

Letting Go Today the trees release their leaves. The wind a breath that calls the colors down to earth — wild dance with crimson, gold, and brown aloft in death, unfurling flaming fields  and [...]

The Omnivorous Reader

Read and Dead A librarian’s cozy mystery series By Anne Blythe Librarians are good at deciphering mysteries. Just ask any card-carrying library fan. They can be sherpas, of a sort, guiding [...]

Home Grown

Mama and the Limousine Joy-riding with millionaires By Cynthia Adams We strolled to our neighborhood haunt, an Italian restaurant attached to a downtown hotel near our Mendenhall money pit. It [...]

Life’s Funny

A Drop in the Bucket On second thought, better make it two or three By Maria Johnson It was a Halloween shocker, delivered by a small superheroine who landed on my front porch last fall. I [...]

O.Henry Ending

Grammar? The Horror! He’s not silently correcting what you’ve just said in his head By David Claude Bailey When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I fix other people’s grammar — [...]

Simple Life

Farewell to Golf But with apologies to Sam Snead, not just yet By Jim Dodson It began with a few simple questions on a beautiful October evening last year as my best friend — and oldest golf [...]

Tea Leaf Astrologer

Libra (September 23 – October 22) To (pick a verb, any verb), or not to (same verb). Such is the life of a Libra. On October 4, the existential turmoil will subside when Mercury (the messenger [...]

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