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Home. The word slips from the mouth as easily as an exhalation of air. We don’t need to finagle over the word’s definition because, for each of us, home—like love—carries its own special connotations. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

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A map and a pair of hiking shoes changed my life. My older sister bought me my first hiking boots when I was fresh out of college, adventurous and fortunate to have a job that gave me independence. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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Photo courtesy of Aaron Blum • aaronblumphoto.com

Scan the rolling hilltops of West Virginia, and what would you expect to see—an old coal tipple, boulders, the crumbling remains of a settler’s cabin? more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Casters of all ages

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Springtime is near, and with budding green and showy blooms comes the beginning of derby season. Not the derbies of fleet-footed horses and fancy hats; not the derbies of cars crunching and colliding in fields of smoke and mud, either. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Short Street Cakes

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What used to be known as “Worst Asheville” now attracts young people who are fixing up neglected Craftsman-style cottages and bungalows, having chosen smaller floorplans with personality and a yard in a walkable community over sprawling houses. more

Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Chatlos Chapel

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It’s 6 a.m. and the sky is still unlit, the color of chalky charcoal. But in a corner, under the darkened window, a small orange light is on a steady, metronomic blink, flaring and fading at half-second intervals. more

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Reading is such a solitary pursuit, and yet a good book is something we all want to share. What would happen if everyone in Western North Carolina read the same book? That’s the question that started Together We Read, a community reading program. more

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM Good Reads