Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Oconaluftee Indian Village

Margaret Hester photo

For many of us, fragments of images or threadbare associations are exactly how we create memory. Even brain research tells us that we learn by forming connections to what we already know. more

Apr 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

When I was 4 years old I saw a cobra edging out from behind a wooden strawberry barrel in our garden. Naturally I was certain of what I had seen, despite the fact that I was not even on the same continent as any known, free roaming, cobra. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

I once had a neighbor who planted splendidly ostentatious flower beds. They stood out amongst the dreary early days of spring like a sore—though quite green—thumb. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Long before country singer Brad Paisley made checking for ticks an act of seduction, many of us grew up with a much more imminent threat to our outdoor adventures—a threat that was far less obvious and identifiable until it was too late. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

I haven’t received a decent love letter in years. Before readers assume I have just thrown my husband under the bus, let me clarify. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads


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Every December 31st, while millions of Americans from Maine to California resolve to lose the last few pinches of pudge, Southerners have already gotten a jump (or, rather, a hoppin’ john) on the rest of the country. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads 1 Comments

Wooly Worm

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

For years, I refused to draft a bucket list. A few months ago, however, my perception was forever changed while attending a conference where speakers discussed local festival development in Western North Carolina. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Buckeyes and boiled peanuts

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Superstition and innovation—the delicate dance between the two just about sums up our region in a nutshell. Actually, make that two nutshells: that of the buckeye, and also the boiled peanut, a soft and salty snack. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads


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As with most things good and holy—Velveeta cheese, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee—dream catchers tend to churn my stomach when overconsumed. Don’t get me wrong: I love the message behind them, that we can filter good dreams from bad. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

I admit to suffering from unjustified anxiety regarding the growing number of blue bottle trees peppered along dirt roads and adorning eclectic yards of West Asheville. One gust of wind, and someone will be mowing glass shards! more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

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 Good Reads