Poem December 2019

The Aurora   Life in the South suits me just fine — warm winters, slow speech, kudzu, and iced tea. But just once I want to stand in the frigid dark, wrapped in a fur-lined parka, mukluks on [...]

O.Henry Ending

Mad Bride Sydrome Going whole hog — or whole Dog — over weddings By Cynthia Adams The average American wedding now costs over $33,000. Everything about a wedding reads like fiction. Case in [...]

February Poem 2019

Why Poetry? A robin comes  to my yard in spring,  breast like sun, bead-black eyes, slate-blue wings. He cocks his head, this way and that, listens for breakfast, grubs and insects rustling in [...]

Wandering Billy

Where Everybody Knows Your Name — and Game How Jake’s Billiards and Freeman’s Grub & Pub defied conventional wisdom and beat the odds By Billy Eye “Once you’ve started for the end of the [...]

Life of Jane

Scarred for Life The pros and cons of model behavior By Jane Borden My daughter fell on her face. By the time she lifted her head, she was screaming. I scooped her up and, with blood dripping [...]

Birdwatch

Rare Birds Sightings of the evening grosbeak are fewer and far between By Susan Campbell The evening grosbeak is one special bird: one that old-timers in Piedmont North Carolina may remember from [...]

Life’s Funny

Swan Lakes A torrid romance for the bird-brained By Maria Johnson Hamilton and Euphemia were happy. Until Rhett showed up. How can there not be trouble when a Rhett shows up? They all lived [...]

Short Stories Feb 2019

Worth the Drive to Winston-Salem Once considered avant-garde, Modernist painters are becoming — dare we say it? — the Old Guard. You’ll better understand their influence on the national art scene [...]

The Omnivorous Reader

A Hunger for Life, A Passion for Words Deep dives into the mythic life of Sir Walter Raleigh By D.G. Martin East Carolina University professor and distinguished public historian Larry Tise [...]

Scuppernong Bookshelf

Some Love for the Paperback Portable, affordable and light, what’s not to love? Compiled by Brian Lampkin Admit it, you love the paperback. We’re forced to buy hardcovers to stay au courant [...]

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