Bill Studenc

Exhausted runner

Courtesy of Bill Studenc

There’s one particular picture that speaks volumes about William John Studenc—known to my brothers and me simply as “Dad.” Of all the decades’ worth of photos in family albums, this single image defines my father, at least in my mind. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads

Somebody famous once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I think it may have been a member of the Kardashian family. OK, not really—the only thing the Kardashians have to fear is the fact that fame is fleeting. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

One of the best things about living in Western North Carolina is that those of us who call these mountains home get to enjoy all four seasons. That’s also one of the worst things about living here—especially if one has a yard to maintain. more

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads

River baptism

Photo courtesy of WCU Special Collections

George Frizzell has more than just a professional interest in the photographs of river baptisms that are part of the assortment of historic artifacts he oversees as curator of Special Collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. more

Jul 25, 2014 2:18 PM Features

A vine to remember

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

A fellow I know welcomes the holiday season by decking the halls, and the walls, and a few of the yard’s ornamental bushes with hundreds of lights that won’t come down until Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads

Preserve. It’s a simple word that carries so much weight on its slight, two-syllabled shoulders, especially here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. For many, preserving things is an integral strand of DNA in our shared genetic makeup. more

Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM Good Reads

To the mountains, with love

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Nine out of 10 historians and romance novelists agree: Western North Carolina’s mountains have inspired feelings of love and random acts of passion for centuries. more

Feb 1, 2011 12:00 AM Good Reads