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Life’s Funny

By Maria Johnson Eric Trundy is pacing around the stage, doing a bit about the grief he felt after his friend, Rene Luna, another comedian, died of testicular cancer last year. Trundy confesses [...]

Home Grown

Cooking Up Mischief Stewing over the last laugh By Cynthia Adams There was much joking in my childhood home, mostly inspired by our father, a trickster of the first order. Little — certainly not [...]

O.Henry Ending

Embracing Juno The tarot reading — and tattoo — that changed my life By Corrinne Rosquillo In 2018, I visited New Orleans for the first time. It’s a magical city, full of history and an old [...]

The Omnivorous Reader

Little Press Success Big things can come in small packages By Stephen E. Smith Since its founding by professor Ronald Bayes in 1969, St. Andrews Press at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg has [...]

Tea Leaf Astrologer

Virgo (August 23 – September 22) Before a Virgo bakes a pie, they have already sliced it a dozen times in a dozen different ways. They have considered everything: how the vegan butter might [...]

The Creators of N.C.

The Feature Is Female The future might be, too By Wiley Cash Photographs By Mallory Cash     Erika Arlee and Kristi Ray, co-founders of Wilmington’s Honey Head Films, grew up on sets. For Erika, [...]


Songster in the Shrubs The Eastern towhee hides to survive By Susan Campbell “Drink your tea, drink your tea,” the loud, emphatic call comes from dense shrubbery right outside our front door. It [...]

Simple Life

My Poetic Summer Vacation Like dessert, the sweetest endings are meant to be shared By Jim Dodson Whenever our friend Joe comes to supper, he helps himself to a slice of my wife’s carrot cake [...]

Wandering Billy

The Greene Street Music Scene Hellraiser Haus raised no hell, but elevated musicians By Billy [Eye] Ingram “It was a killer spot in a strangely ideal location. One of the fanciest neighborhoods [...]

Short Stories

      Taco ‘Bout a Good Time If you don’t like tacos, we’re nacho type! All roads lead to margaritas with a celebration of everyone’s favorite — if a little salty — duo since chips and salsa. At [...]

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