Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pig butt arum

  by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson It’s not until you come face-to-face – or perhaps I should say nose-to-nose – with a pig butt arum that you realize it isn’t a grand horticultural April Fool’s prank. Indeed, I…

Local hotel heaven

by CC Parker Ending the day in one’s own bed is the highlight of “staycationing” for some people. But for many of us, bedding down somewhere new – but nearby – is another kind of fun. I first caught the…

Dog days: A treasure

text and photograph by Juli Leonard Currituck, a 9-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever that works as a therapy dog, has a special kind of power. With his golden brown eyes, soft coat, and gentle nature, the dog has a soothing presence…

Doing the right thing

As a 10-year-old, Jean Gordon Carter knew she wanted to be a lawyer: Glued to the legal dramas she watched on television, she would make her own impassioned summations to the TV jury. Carter still loves to read murder mysteries,…

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