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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. Read more

Outdoors

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. Read more

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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? Read more

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. Read more

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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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. Read more

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