Gail Godwin

Dion Ogust photo

‘You Don’t Know What Is In You ‘Til You Try’

Gail Godwin spent formative years of her childhood in Western North Carolina. A keynote speaker at the 2018 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, she was kind enough to share some thoughts on her upbringing and childhood.



Across the country, tween girls dance in front of mirrors singing Taylor Swift hits, or granddads sit on porches picking banjos and mandolins. more

Sweet Appalachia

Photo Essay, October 2018

Lynn Robertson


The Crow Tree

Guy Smalley illustration •

I said goodbye to the “Crow Tree” today as it blew down in yesterday’s storm. The Crow Tree was personal to me and secret in many ways. more

Good Reads

Tim Line saw many scary, strange and remarkable things during his 40-odd years at LeConte Lodge. more

Good Reads

Atomic City

Photo by James E. Westcott, Official US Army Photographer for the Manhattan Project. American Museum of Science and Energy,

In The Atomic City Girls, novelist Janet Beard takes her readers to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the birth of the nuclear world. more

Good Reads

Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, is filled with a collection of historic homes displaying a variety of architectural styles and themes. Those homes will be the centerpiece of the Colors of Christmas Tour and Dinner on Saturday, December 1. more

Mountain Explorer

Perched at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Greenville County, South Carolina, Travelers Rest comes by its name literally. The tiny hamlet, established in 1808, claims a long history as a stopover. more


West Virginia contains some of the Appalachians best scenic drives, perfect for exploring via sports car or by my favorite method, on a motorcycle. more