Wandering Billy

Grunge and Grind A backward glance at College Hill’s Crunchy Music Stuff By Billy Eye “There’s a stigma to skating. People think of it as a kid’s sport. People kept telling me I couldn’t possibly [...]

March 2020

Awoken The moon awoke me howling for attention the stars were distant, aloof a few gregarious, Gregorian twinkles made celesta accompaniment lunar fugue a chorus of seas echo of my cathedrals [...]

A Page Out of History

The greatness of Walter Hines Page   By Bill Case Woodrow Wilson spent the bulk of his first term steering America clear of World War I, which had raged over Europe for 2 1/2 years when he [...]


A Close Shave What’s old may be new   By Clyde Edgerton If I use a plastic drinking straw, I get grief from my family. As I should. So I decided to stop using plastic straws and plastic [...]

In The Spirit

Rum Discovery Straight up sugar cane By Tony Cross In the spring of 2018, I was able to get into the five-year anniversary party at the mezcal bar Gallo Pelon in Raleigh. It was a fun night [...]

Wandering Billy

Mex ’n’ Match No less than four new restaurants expand Downtown’s dining scene By Billy Eye “How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” ― Julia Child This month Eye offer [...]

True South

Dog Days of Winter Because, well, outside dog By Susan S. Kelly You knew that sooner or later, there’d be a column on dogs. February may seem a strange choice, but when it comes to my dog — a [...]

Featured Artist

“Homewoods, Winter”, 2019, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches Jeremiah Miller: Finding Solitude Jeremiah Miller used to paint models, posing them in front of windows. Eventually, he became [...]

Short Stories

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow With one exception: Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony! A musical joke so typical of the maestro, Symphony No. 45, as it’s also known, was composed as a plea among the [...]

February Poem

The Arrow I tried to explain Cupid to a 4-year-old today.  He was making a Valentine for his grandmother,  festooning a pink paper heart with stamps and stickers,  writing ‘I love you’ across it [...]

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