Michael Reno Harrell

Bird Strike

Guy Smalley illustration

Late one night I was driving down a North Carolina back road in my pickup listening to public radio. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

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

That spring the late afternoon thunderstorms had become such a regular occurrence that Eddie and I knew the minute those fast moving black clouds made the sun blink the first time that we needed to head for the house. more

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Freezer Burn

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

The icicles hanging along the porch roof looked like stalactites we had seen when we visited Cudjo Cavern, outside Middlesboro. It was cold and the morning sun was as bright as July at Myrtle Beach. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

In the summer of 1954, I turned six, caught my first fish, and fell out of a tree house. It was also the summer I learned to swim. The last of those milestones came as a result of a strange set of circumstances that still brings a smile to my face. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

I’m a walker. I walk for several reasons, not the least of which is a triglyceride count which tends to rival the number of laps in the Coca-Cola 600. That and it gives me time to think about things. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads