Simple Life

Miss Jan for Christmas A few of her favorite things By Jim Dodson As she eats her Sunday morning breakfast, Miss Jan looks across the table at me and cheerfully remarks, “You look very nice. Why [...]

Life’s Funny

Quite A Spectacle One woman’s perennial hunt for reading glasses By Maria Johnson “Are those your glasses?” asked the man in the broad-brimmed hat. I looked down to see a pair of reading glasses [...]

The Omnivorous Reader

Cozy Up A mellow mystery on the Outer Banks By Anne Blythe Smile Beach may be a fictional spot on the imaginary Cattail Island, but in Smile Beach Murder, cozy mystery writer Alicia Bessette [...]

Tea Leaf Astrologer

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) We all know you’re the live wire of the zodiac. A hell of a party guest, too. But you’re so much more than a wildcard or a cheap thrill or a flaming hot [...]

The Fezziwigs Among Us

Five locals embody the true spirit of giving By Jim Dodson In A Christmas Carol, the beloved novella of greed and redemption published by Charles Dickens in 1843, the character of Nigel Fezziwig [...]

Art of the State

Building Community An artist and teacher, September Krueger finds connections through her practice By Liza Roberts September Krueger’s intricate quilts and silk paintings use subtle, watery [...]

December Sazerac

Sage Gardener “Wikipedia says commercial eggnog can have glucose, fructose, modified milk ingredients, carrageenan, guar gum and as little as one percent egg in it,” I holler to my wife, Anne, [...]

Painting With Paper

Greensboro’s Ronda Szymanski cuts to the heart with her spirited collages By Maria Johnson  Photographs by Amy Freeman Anyone else would have seen the publication for what it was: a full-color [...]

Wandering Billy

The Island of Misfired Toys Naughty or nice, you didn’t want to wake up to these gifts on Christmas Day! By Billy [Eye] Ingram One of our family Christmas traditions was all of us showing off [...]


An Uncommon Visitor The feisty purple finch is in the hood By Susan Campbell If you happen to be maintaining a bird feeding station over the next few months, you will want to be on the lookout [...]

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