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Forgotten Memoir is a Treasure

In Family of Earth, we find the seeds that would blossom in Wilma Dykeman’s later writing. Her love for the mountains, her concern for the environment and her ability to treat as equals people from varying backgrounds.

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Two hundred years ago, early explorers of the Southern Appalachians pondered the piles of stone they encountered at “all the gaps in the mountains.” While most of those cairns have disappeared, they remain a mystery. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

In terms of literary prominence, Olive Tilford Dargan ranks second only to Horace Kephart among outlanders who adopted the Smokies as home. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

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My old foxhunting buddy, Sam, was afraid of snakes. It didn’t matter if the snake in question was a 30-foot python or an 8-inch garden snake, Sam was sure it was out to get him. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

The punishment

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Daddy did not believe in hitting children. Reason, he claimed, was a better deterrent than force. Mama disagreed. She said a hard whack from an open hand on a bare bottom was the only thing a small child could understand. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Reading list

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With June here, let’s wander the shelves and pick over some travel books. Whether you are living in Western North Carolina or just visiting, here is a smorgasbord of guidebooks that should enrich your explorations. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Smokies natives have always been noted for their humor. Dozens of books and thousands of oft-told tales offer examples of this characteristic. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

In the late summer of 1780, the fifth year of fighting between the Americans seeking independence and the British Empire, the American South seemed doomed to fall to British control. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads