Susan Stafford Kelly

Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.


A Circle Unbroken in Newton

Bluegrass musicians love the simple beauty of Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newton. On Christmas Eve, the 200-year-old wooden chapel fills with the sweet sounds of strings and the joy of the season.


The Longest Night

When the holiday season stirs feelings of longing and melancholy, a winter solstice service brings light, comfort, and hope on the darkest day of the year.


How Biltmore Decorates for Christmas

Transforming Biltmore into a Christmas wonderland takes thousands of lights, miles of ribbon and greenery, and gallons of hot glue. But it all begins with one simple question: What would George Vanderbilt do?


The Joys of Coming Home

When you’re gathering together with loved ones — family in the mountains, friends on the coast, classmates somewhere in between — it doesn’t matter what you bring or wear, as long as you are there.

Home & Garden

The Heart of a Hutch

Whether an honored heirloom or a flea market find, a hutch holds treasured memories among the china.


A Collection of Cookbooks Finds its Home at UNCG

A library’s worth of cookbooks from across North Carolina has found a new home at UNC Greensboro. Taste test the past at Vintage Viands, an event at the university’s Walter Clinton Jackson Library on September 22, 2017.