Christmas trees and the big question

One thing is certain: we sure do love our Christmas trees. It’s like it’s in our emotional DNA. Well as it turns out it just may be, or at the very least it’s part of our multigenera ...

Turkey, cake and good memories

I remember with great fondness my sweet grandmother, and that during Thanksgiving she made simple, yet delicious pumpkin and sweet potato pies. She always made enough for everyone in the family, becau ...

The Southern Renaissance

The idea of the Southern Renaissance evades many, not for lack of interest but rather a lack of general awareness. It’s just not something you hear about in everyday conversation. It is, howeve ...

Lunch with an artist

The creative energy of the universe seems to flow through some fascinating people, and spending time with these folks is always a treat for me. My visits often include a tour of the studio of the arti ...

Practical wisdom from the Carolina countryside

Istopped in at a country restaurant not that long ago for the comfort of a country breakfast. The food was good, but I’m sure the greater nourishment of that visit came in the form of practical ...

Big things in the sky

Idon’t know about you, but as the year’s pass, I find myself discovering new things that fascinate me. I have noticed that I am becoming more captivated with what seems to me to be the pla ...

A cause somewhere in the middle

In a conversation not that long ago with a friend, he said to me, ?You know, I don?t think you take a firm public stand on many things. You do so many feel-good stories that you seldom take a position ...

Canine folk

In the Carolinas, as with much of the world, we love our dogs. For many, including myself, they are thought of as family with as many diverse personalities as our two-legged family members.  I h ...

Mayberry reflections

Mayberry is the kind of place that stimulates thoughts of better times when life was less complicated, and people cared about each other. Perfection was not required and a second chance -- or even a t ...

'Carolina Moonshiners'

Growing up in the foothills of the Carolinas, I recall stories of moonshiners and revenue officers on the chase of a hidden liquor still under cover of lush foliage. One summer afternoon when I w ...

Born in the Carolinas, Andrew Jackson

When I started working on a Life In The Carolinas broadcast segment that features Waxhaw, North Carolina, as one of our U.S. Route 74 travel stops, I discovered more than a charming town to visit. I h ...

A lake, a river and a princess

Iremember my first visit to Lake Waccamaw State Park. I was not sure why, but I knew there was something special about the area. The freshwater lake has about 14 miles of shoreline with an average dep ...

Friday afternoons

Friday afternoons are always exciting to me. It's the time of the week when the whims of life become empowered. Because of my travels and location story development work, I am seldom in the offic ...

On the island

Island life is different for many reasons; it is easy to think about the romance of the warm tropical breezes, fresh seafood and a more relaxed environment. These are things we dream about and add to ...

Life in the Carolinas: People not from here

In my travels across the Carolinas, I meet a lot of people who are not from here. It seems as if they come from around the country for a variety of reasons: some for work, some for vacation, some for ...