The Card Carrying Southerner A mini-guide for those from someplace else By Nan Graham I was once asked to teach a class on how to be a Southerner. After picking myself off the floor and [...]

Simple Life

A Little Rain Must Fall, and It’s a Good Thing By Jim Dodson It’s raining this morning, a Sunday in April. Few things, meteorologically speaking, make me happier. Sunday is my favorite day, [...]

Notes from the Porch

A Port in the Storm A boy, a pony, an unforgettable image of peaceful friendship By Bill Thompson The overly pessimistic weather forecasters predicted that the “tropical depression” would “dump a [...]

Simple Life

April’s Aviary Remembering the Birds of Paradise By Jim Dodson Reprinted with permission from the April issue of PineStraw Magazine. Maybe T. S. Eliot had it right about April. It is the [...]

Life of Jane

Basket Case Beware of Easter bunnies – and babies – bearing gifts By Jane Borden In spite of enjoying idyllic Easter traditions in my youth — picking flowers from our yard for the wire-mesh cross [...]


Canada Goose How the northern waterfowl became a permanent resident of North Carolina  By Susan Campbell The Canada goose: For some the  image is a magnificent and noble bird of the North. For [...]

Simple Life

The Art of  Gronkle The 1989 Masters will forever be remembered as the first of Nick Faldo’s three Masters titles, and the second of his six major championships.    That Masters week was also [...]

Simple life

Spring Fling A Wife’s Fancy Turns to Decluttering By Jim Dodson My wife, who feels about clutter more or less the way your average Sports Illustrated swimsuit model feels about an [...]

Eye on GSO

Winner! Winner! It’s OK to spoil your dinner By Billy Eye Perhaps you’ve seen Veneé Pawlowski of Black Magnolia Southern Patisserie on a local news program or read about her in the News [...]

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