It Slices. It Dices

Memoir by Stephen E. Smith Illustration by Harry Blair   “Get up! Get up! Get up, up, up!” my mother blurted. It was at 6:30 a.m., the first day of Christmas break, and as always she [...]

Tea Leaf Astrologer

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) A little heat goes a long way. When provoked — unwittingly or otherwise — your particular brand of fire belongs on the Scoville scale, ambushing the [...]

Simple Life

Let It Snow Remembrance of a small Christmas miracle By Jim Dodson It’s December and, without fail, I’m thinking about snow. Thanks to Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin’s Oscar-winning song from the [...]

O.Henry Ending

The Man, the Myth, the Legendary Santa A Q&A with the real Kris Kringle This fall, as Santa prepped his office space for another busy holiday season, he decided it was time for a new-to-him [...]

Home Grown

Confessions of a Biscuit Eater A hair-raising adventure with Mama By Cynthia Adams My Mama sprang immediately to mind as a friend described a Triad maven he met while doing work for designer Otto [...]

A Dose of Happy

With a touch of love, the ordinary becomes extraordinary By Cassie Bustamante   •  Photographs by Amy Freeman          Shortly after moving into her Oak Ridge home, Tasha Agruso got an idea. [...]

Omnivorous Reader

Tales to Tell The journey of a lifetime By Anne Blythe Kelley Shinn spent a long afternoon in a bar with poet Eric Trethewey some years back and told him a story that made him grab her by the [...]

Pleasures of Life Dept.

Dim Sum-day at Christmas A hometown guy tests the hot trend of eating Chinese food on Christmas Day By David Claude Bailey Now that our two girls are grown-ups and have homes (and Christmas [...]

Art of the State

Earthen Vessels From Seagrove to the world beyond, Ben Owen III shares his pottery By Liza Roberts       The work of Ben Owen III is earthen and practical, but also brightly hued and sculptural. [...]

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