The Family Table

One reason I’m not a hundred percent sure that I’m Southern is that I don’t know what a second cousin is or why I might be related to him. (Another reason: I sometimes order grits in the singular form. “I
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Higher Learning

The anchor of Jackson County — once a courthouse, now a library — continues to serve its citizens.
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Artistic Impression

Asheville resident Wendy Whitson took up art because of her uncle. Although life pulled her away, she now realizes art’s potential to comfort, heal, and revive.
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Open Studio

The Inner Banks Artisans’ Center in Washington provides a place for those who practice art and for those who purchase it.
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Fall Back

For 17 days in autumn, I sat in the waiting room of the surgical ICU at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro while my dad lay in a hospital bed, intubated with a ventilator, a machine breathing for him. It was
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North Carolina’s High Road

Only 18 miles of the Cherohala Skyway run across North Carolina. But those miles, cutting and rising above the Great Smoky Mountains, are some of the prettiest you’ll drive anywhere.
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Iron House by John Hart

Listen to an audio clip from Iron House, from New York Times bestselling author and North Carolina native John Hart.
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Butternut Squash Soufflé

The butternut squash soufflé recipe from Potato Salad, Pimento Cheese, and How Doris Almost Killed Her Daddy makes the perfect side dish for any fall meal.
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Carolina Shangri-La

The views of the Snowbird Mountains captivated Robert Rankin some 30 years ago. He couldn’t stay away and now calls them home.
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Eastern Strings

For nearly 40 years, the Tar River Boys have played mountain music with their own lively style, bringing the high lonesome sound to the flatlands of eastern North Carolina.
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