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Every homemade quilt tells a story. The “words”—including the fabric, pattern, style, and stitching—reveal clues about where, when, how, and, in many cases, why the quilt was made. more

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Take Better Nature Photos

Caleb Carlton Photo

Discover a school or program where you can unplug from your typical routine and unleash your inner mountain master. more

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Tell it on the mountain

Sherry Shook photo

What does it mean to be alive—is it simply to exist or persist or is it to thrive? Our readers share their views of the things that survive. more

Outposts

Hog eating weeds

Mandy Newham illustration

Grandpa Joe offered a study in character contrasts. Though easygoing and soft-spoken, he was mule stubborn. While tough as a well-seasoned hickory shaft and seldom given to shows of emotion, he could be wonderfully patient with his adoring grandson. more

Good Reads

Bugle boy

Holly Kays photo

Do I stay or do I go? And if I stay, do I just sleep through it all? The Southern Appalachians are home to a large and diverse fauna, and as winter sets in, that fauna gets to work surviving. more

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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

Good Reads

It is one week before my 38th birthday, a Sunday, and I am spending the evening with my dad while my mom attends the night service at church. She returns home a little after 7 p.m., but it feels much later, because the darkness comes so much earlier. more

Good Reads

In the early days

Courtesy of Louise Best

Music is like a memory—each performance a moment preserved, notes recalled but replayed never quite exactly the same way. And like a memory, music survives long after its makers. more

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Eastern hellbender

David Herasimtschuk photo

Even on a hot July day, the creeks of Roane County are cold enough to need thick wetsuits. Outfitted with snorkels and fins, divers explore the shallow creek’s rocky bottom on a hunt for the elusive hellbender, North America’s largest salamander. more

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There comes a time at which we each will question whether we have the will to survive. It’s a funny word—will. Within it is grit, mettle and an ability to withstand. In nature, instinct predicates survival be it for the individual or the species. more

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David Crockett Maples

Courtesy of Kirby Smith

In the winter of 1875, Polly Maples had an ominous feeling as her husband prepared to leave her, their children, and the warmth of the hearth in their humble mountain cabin. more

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