Leslie Ryan McKellar photo

Bound together

Murder ballads have long been a part of American folklore, many of which have been handed down from one generation to the next while others have existed for centuries in other cultures across the ocean. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Music

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Home is a haven and hideaway

Back in the 60’s when I began teaching in Georgia, I went through a period of misgivings about leaving my grandmother on the front porch of her old house in Rhodes Cove. After all, she had raised me, and I was repaying her by leaving her. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Perspectives

Saving the seeds of wisdom

Before “buy local” or “grow your own,” gardens at the home place were a necessary way of life. Folks bent over the earth as beads of sweat dripped from their brow into the dirt. They walked the garden rows, fretting about the harvest. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Cuisine

Hold on

With two curious boys (ages five and 16 months) I can plan to spend at least one day of my life, every year, wrapped in a down comforter, huddled in the fetal position on my bed, lights off, sweat-dampened hair pulled into a messy mop. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Perspectives

Ila Hatter explains the mysteries of the walnut to her audience.

Holly Kays photo

Eating through the mountainside

I spent a significant part of my childhood wanting to be Sam Gribley, the boy in Jean Craighead George’s “My Side of the Mountain” who runs away from the city to live in a hollowed-out hemlock tree. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Outdoors

Photo essay

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