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.

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.

Features

Ready to Roll

Young daredevils fly into new adventures with joyful abandon. For their parents, the trick is learning to let them soar.

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