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Coming Home

Pigeon fanciers feed, tend, and protect their birds from the time they’re chicks — only to release them into the world with the faith that their companions will come back to roost.

Seeking Peace in Sacred Spaces

We look for comfort within the walls of our spiritual homes — our churches and temples, our synagogues and mosques. One writer finds it in the stillness of three sanctuaries rising from the Triangle area, beckoning us to look up.

Fowl Play

Each summer, families flock to an old-fashioned swimming hole on the South Yadkin River to watch a thousand tiny toy ducks hurtle through the rushes at Cooleemee Falls.

The Return of the Sea Turtles

Conservationist Jean Beasley is a living legend. Just like the sea turtles she rescues and rehabilitates on Topsail Island, she embodies resilience and hope. And when she releases her turtles back into the watery wild, those who are watching find themselves thinking of home in a new way.

Echo of the Bones

In Carteret County, a marine curator and dedicated volunteers have found a way to bring beached whales back to life. By sharing the creatures’ stories at the Bonehenge Whale Center, they’ve turned heartbreak into inspiration.

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