Mary Casey-Sturk

The Crow Tree

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I said goodbye to the “Crow Tree” today as it blew down in yesterday’s storm. The Crow Tree was personal to me and secret in many ways. Read more

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“What’s the deal with all the pancakes?” With apologies to Jerry Seinfeld, we really don’t know, but let’s find out! Read more

Sweet Appalachia

I consider myself a scrounger, part from necessity, part from the love of “rescuing” something of value. When my mother needed household items after an extended period of illness, I traded pet-sitting duties for a kitchen table and some stools. Read more



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Corn bread, home grown vegetables that were then canned, biscuits and gravy, stews, rabbit, chicken and dumplings and apple desserts—these are the foods commonly thought to be of Appalachian origin. Read more


Virginia wines

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Virginia is the fifth largest producer of wine in the United States—behind California, Washington, Oregon and New York—and the wines in this region won’t disappoint. Read more


Lost and found

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As we’ve aged together, I’ve noticed that many conversations with my husband include describing something we’ve either lost or found. The best conversations rotate around something we lost and then found. And then sometimes lose again. Read more

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Mountain men

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My father was raised in Pike County, Ken., where the men have their own notions about romance. In his early courting days things were easier; everybody wanted to get married and have babies, so it was simply a a matter of making arrangements. Read more

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