Saturday morning eggs and a celebration

So there I sat in my booth at Cagney’s in North Wilkesboro for a Saturday morning country breakfast of bacon, soft scrambled eggs with biscuit and gravy. While I enjoy the flavors, I think the m ...

For the love of Vera

When it comes to storytelling, I’m confident that diversity is essential for less boredom at the keyboard, or at least that’s the way it is for me. Most of my written words are derived fr ...

A Yellow House, a blue jay and two New Yorkers

On a morning, not so long ago, I found myself sitting with several other guests at the grand dining room table at the Yellow House Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina, another place I enj ...

Three presidents and a possibility

The Carolinas have undisputed claim to three U.S. presidents and the possibility of a fourth. And as with all good Southern stories, intrigue is not lacking. I have written about our seventh presiden ...

A love story with many twists, turns

Love stories are big business. Many have made a good living on the emotional wings of passion-driven stories often filled with sordid affairs and moderately complex plots. The diversity of these stor ...

A tiny Travelers Chapel and a few maybes

It was on a visit to Conway and an afternoon of exploring the history of the area with local friend Larry Biddle that I become aware of the Travelers Chapel on Hwy. 501. I have known Larry for some t ...

A banjo, a saxophone and a man on the move

It was a week of sensory delights. I had the opportunity to enjoy the music of the Kruger Brothers and The Trailblazers at a benefit for the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame and then, later, the legendar ...

From under the water to the White House

Spending the night in the Colonel Cleveland Room at the Inn of the Patriots in Grover, North Carolina is a special treat for many reasons. The first being that the B&B is owned and operated by Mar ...

Sweet memories

Memories are like butterflies -- they come and go, and if we are lucky, they allow us to focus on their beauty now and then. I think that is why it is important to set ourselves up for the opportuniti ...

Country pure

It was a cold January morning and I decided to take a drive on one of our Carolina country roads. The leaves had fallen from most of the trees except for the lingering oaks leaves and those from a few ...

It's a new year and a new chapter

I like sharing good stories about people and places that make us feel good. I’m in a unique position in that I spend most of my time working on stories that have redemptive qualities, and most o ...

We like our New Year traditions just fine

In response to the question, “What’s the big deal with New Year’s Day, it’s just another day on the calendar, right?” As I reflect on the New Year’s celebrations I ...

Christmas broken no more

OK, it’s true, I like Christmas. Why in the world would I produce Christmas programming year after year if I did not think highly of this time of the year? It seems as if every year I discover ...

A Revolutionary Christmas

On a recent visit to historical Brattonsville in McConnells, I had the opportunity to learn about a Southern-style backcountry Christmas during the time of the American Revolution. Historic Brattonsv ...

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 ...