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How much of what we do as adults is the result of how we were raised? I pondered that question as I worked in the yard recently. My maternal grandmother and my mother were the two most responsible for making me a lover of digging in the dirt. Read more

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The local paper did a full page spread on my dad’s retirement. “The end of an era,” the paper called it. But it was really just the beginning of the end. Read more

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The memory is dream-like now, but some parts are vivid as if the events happened yesterday. Read more

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Henderson County, North Carolina

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Widely known for its abundance of apples and as the final home of American poet and writer Carl Sandburg, this popular destination spot offers not only history and agriculture but also an array of culinary, musical and leisure experiences. Read more

Early rising on cold winter mornings almost always kindles for me a momentary feeling of comfort, safety and well-being. What, specifically, keys that response? It is the memory from my childhood of feeling forced warm air on my bare feet. Read more

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Welcome back to the south

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Grasping my Southern identity is about as easy as grabbing a fistful of Smoky Mountain fog. The question “Where are you from?” always provoked hesitation growing up. Read more

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Retracing a Father’s Wartime Footsteps

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It’s a miracle that I even exist. My father, Fred Sauceman Sr., was a member of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He survived the D-Day Invasion and the hedgerow warfare in Normandy. Read more

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Historic property offers a spectacular view of the City of Knoxville's Festival on the Fourth fireworks. Read more

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A friend’s Facebook meme last month caught my eye. It was the image of a boy playing in the mud, and the caption read: “They didn’t know their clothes were hand-me-downs, or that their home was not a mansion." Read more

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Hiking with Nana

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It was a perfect summer day along a gorgeous riverside trail when our multi-generational entourage—two dogs, five people—set off for a high-elevation adventure in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. But my enthusiasm was mixed with nervousness. Read more

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My grandmother maintained a yard of flowers, mostly bulbs. She had a simple house with uneven floors and windows that were covered with ice on the inside in the coldest of winters. She had no money, she lived simply, but boy, did she have flowers. Read more

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When folks think of the Smoky Mountains, visions of glorious mountain peaks tucked in low-hanging clouds emerge. But when romance is out of the question and it’s time for family fun, the valleys of Tennessee offer their own exciting destinations. Read more

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In Flat Broke With Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia, Asheville writer Jennifer McGaha takes readers on a wild ride through disaster and triumph. Read more

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I stopped doing CD and book reviews at the end of 2013, but reading Becky Mushko’s latest book Them That Go, set in the 1970s in the same Virginia mountains where I was born and raised, has inspired me to put on my reviewer’s cap one last time. Read more

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Southern Highland Craft Guild's makers forging ahead at third-annual Glass & Metal day. Read more

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It is probably safe to say Dad had a green thumb although frost, sub-freezing temperatures, insects, rabbits and other vermin would—from time to time—result in his thumb being somewhat off color. Read more

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On a recent Sunday my wife and I piled the dogs in the car and headed up Cove Creek Road in Haywood County, North Carolina, to see what was to be seen in the Cataloochee Valley. Read more

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In February 1962, a few days before my 10th birthday, my daddy came to me with a twinkle in his eyes and a spring in his step and said, “Linda Sue, your 10th birthday is a special birthday because it marks the end of your first decade in this world." Read more

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The Dillard House

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In the Little Tennessee River Valley of North Georgia in 1917, Carrie and Arthur Dillard served their first meal at The Dillard House to a circuit-riding minister. Read more

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I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. Read more

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