Drew Perry

Perry teaches writing at Elon University. His first novel, This Is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and a SIBA Okra pick. His second, Kids These Days, was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick and was named to Kirkus Reviews 'Winter's Best Bets' and 'Books So Funny You're Guaranteed to Laugh' lists. You can purchase a collection of "Adventures with Toad & Wee" at ourstatestore.com.

Young at Heart

Just Keep Paddling

For a kid, growing up means testing the waters, kayaking out a little farther. For a parent, it means watching from the dock and trying, at least, to play it cool.

Columns

Beach Magic on the Carolina Coast

Salt water, seafood dinners, and nighttime walks along sparkling sand: When families return to cherished spots along the coast, memories grow with each passing summer.

Columns

Put Me In, Coach

From Little League to the majors, diamond dreams never fade away. Every summer, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd rekindle a love for the game.

Columns

A Bigger Splash

Sure, lakes and swimming holes offer refreshing fun — but how many have a diving board? A new generation falls in love with the nostalgic charms of the neighborhood pool.

Features

Hog Wild in Rockingham County

On this Rockingham County farm — past the barn and beyond the pasture — a herd of pigs roots and runs in the forest. Far from feral, these animals are being raised for restaurants and grills. But until then, they — and the couple who runs the sustainable farm — are living their best lives.

Columns

Sit. Stay. Come Back!

When a dog joins the family, it’s like adding another sweet, spunky, speedy child to the pack.

Features

Growing a Tradition

The ingredients for the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast: a big bloom, a little mess, and a lot of love.

Eats

Salad Days

Growing young gardeners is a lot like tending seeds: Both need plenty of dirt and sunshine, a little patience, and a lot of love.

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