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Editor’s Welcome

A Year of Firsts

by Elizabeth Hudson

Our State Great 8

Flake Out

by Jeremy Markovich

Carolina Classic: Heart and Soles

by Susan Stafford Kelly

Our State Quiz

Home Front

by Alan Hodge

Family Tradition

Mars, by Way of Carolina

by Drew Perry

History

Town Milk

by Lisa Sorg

Food

Pie Plate Special

by Daniel Wallace

Recipes: Souped Up

by Lynn Wells

Restaurant: Treasury of Taste

by Jeremy B. Jones

Travel & Culture

Destination: Art

by Philip Gerard

City Portrait: Boone

by Leigh Ann Henion

Studio Tour: Bob Ebendorf

by Susan Stafford Kelly

Books & Music

by Katie Fennell

Photo Essay

Beautiful Botanicals

The lay of our land, in flowers.

Ramblin’ Man: Landmarks & Memories

The familiar signposts of an NC journey.
by T. Edward Nickens

Features: A North Carolina New Year

Luck & Money

Hard-work success stories — with a side of good fortune.
by Melissa Bashor

A Neighborly New Year

A New Year’s Day meal for everyone.
by Bryan Mims

The Bean That Can’t Be Beat

The history behind that bright yellow can of Luck’s pintos.
by Chip Womick

Resolutions for a Better North Carolina

Kindness in Winston-Salem: Gifts From Gran’s Garden

Flowers for the elderly, from strangers.
by Susan Stafford Kelly

Compassion in Statesville: Taking All Comers

The NASCAR wife with a champion’s heart for animals.
by Caron Myers

Volunteer in Matthews: Bright Blessings

Not your average party planner.
by Katie Quine

Citizenship in Lake Waccamaw: Sanctuary by the Shore

One heartbreaking discovery inspired a home for at-risk children.
by Susan Stafford Kelly

Rejuvenate in Wilmington: A Year of Yoga

A skeptic immerses herself in affirmations and asanas.
by Wendy Brenner

Community in China Grove: Slope. Snow. Sled.

When a blanket of white comes, there’s one place to go and one thing to do.
by Jeremy Markovich

Inspiration in Jacksonville: Health & High Altitude

Even on a mountain peak, a doctor answers the call.
by Adam Lucas

Support Local in Greensboro: Greensboro’s Green Grocer

To know where your food comes from.
by Billy Ball

Recycle near Mocksville: When Compost is a Crop

Transforming restaurant leftovers into garden gold.
by Lisa Sorg

Adventure in Linville: Strength, Survival, and That Solo

A wilderness challenge for young and old alike.
by Graham Averill

Carolina Calendar

The View from Here: Cameron

Nature

Owls in Love

by T. Edward Nickens

Native: Wiregrass

by T. Edward Nickens