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Vote: Southern Towns Bracket

Classic signs in Roanoke, Virginia. Photo by Victoria Belanger on Flickr.

Put down your oversized #1 foam finger long enough to check this out. In the spirit of March Madness, the good folks at Garden & Gun have launched the competition…

Georgia: First in Flight?

Image from Dyer’s 1874 patent for his "Apparatus for navigating the air."

North Carolinians, I hope you’re sitting down. I know you all are real proud of Orville and Wilbur Wright, and you’ve rebuffed challenges for their “first in flight” status from…

Sharing the Love for Sperryville

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I have a strange relationship with Sperryville, Virginia. Years before I started this blog, when I was still searching for the right way to deepen my connection with my homeland,…

What a Quilt Can Mean

A section of "Ghost Trees" by Karen Tunnell.

Karen Tunnell didn’t plan to become a quilt artist. As a student at the Atlanta College of Art (now part of Savannah College of Art and Design), she majored in…

A Sad Super Bowl Poem

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For some people, Super Bowl Sunday isn’t about nacho plates and football jerseys, beer guzzling and fist pumps. Poet D. Gilson introduces us to one family whose darkest memories are…

Hillbillies in China

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When most new restauranteurs open a second location, they pick a spot across town or maybe in a neighboring city. Not so for Hillbilly Tea’s Karter Louis. The owner of Louisville’s…

The Wild Side of Pigeon Forge

One of the many hikes during Wilderness Wildlife Week.

I can’t lie. I’ve never gone to Pigeon Forge. I love me some Dolly, but the sprawling mess of fun centers, wax museums, and chain restaurants that sprung up near…

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