Foetid Toadshade

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson I don’t remember exactly when or why I became enamored with trilliums, but it was certainly at an early stage of my planthood…I mean, childhood. There always seemed to be something magical about…

Off duty: Wade Smith

photograph by Tim Lytvinenko “I couldn’t really live without music. You just make time for it.” – Wade Smith, criminal defense lawyer Wade Smith knew he loved music when he co-founded Raleigh’s oldest string band 50-odd years ago, but he never…

St. Paddy’s Run Green 8K

photograph by Travis Long “On March 7 there’s a kilt run in downtown Raleigh. I’ll be buying a Lonerider kilt and running in it. The largest training plan is to secure the kilt; I probably won’t run for very long. It’s…

Raleigh’s amazing greenway

by Scott Huler photographs by Travis Long Stand still. What do you hear? Maybe a dog barking. Birds. The rustle of the wind in the trees. The slip of water streaming by – maybe, if it’s been rainy, you hear it rippling…

Enough

by Jodi Barnes I want to write a love poem but we have Wallace Stevens’ Final Soliloquy.   If I had a more fitting way to say I love you how would that change the shawl we’ve made, our lucky…

Helping Horses: Therapy in the saddle

by Todd Cohen photographs by Juli Leonard For people with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, the simple tasks that are second nature to most can be a struggle. At a special program in Raleigh, horses help people with disabilities to develop balance,…

Vic’s Ristorante Italiano

photograph by Travis Long “Hi there! Who needs eyeballs, bleeding or otherwise?” Sculptor Joel Haas hollers and throws a bag of plastic painted eyeballs at the table of cartoonists. “We usually talk about Dwane’s bad table manners,” says Nick Meglin, ringleader…

Slowing down to speed up

by Zach Clayton By 2 p.m., I was ready to quit. Already 10 hours into a daylong silent meditation, my mind was anything but still. As my thoughts raced from topic to topic, my body ached. I’d been sitting cross-legged…

Gratitude and a neighbor

by Settle Monroe Her smile grows slowly, almost creeping its way to fullness as she remembers her life many years ago.  She leans across the table, as if to let me in on a secret, recounting the days of juggling…

Quercus Studio

photograph by Travis Long “When you walk in, you smell whatever I’m burning with the torch. You see what’s going on and hear it and smell it; it’s a full experience. It’s a space to see objects created. What is…

Bringing in the outdoors

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Catherine Nguyen Anyone who’s gone through purchasing a home knows what a big and sometimes agonizing decision it can be. But when the current owners of this gracious property caught wind of its upcoming sale, the wife’s…

Larkin Andreaus: Building bridges

by Todd Cohen photographs by Juli Leonard Larkin Andreaus is that rare 15-year-old who knows who he is, where he comes from, and where he’s headed. And he has made it his mission to bridge those divides between past, present…

Need for speed at the Wake County Speedway

by Tina Haver Currin photographs by Jill Knight Just fifteen minutes from downtown Raleigh lies a thunderous land of revving race cars, bologna sandwiches, and if you’re (un)lucky, maybe a few flips, fires, and crashes, too. A breezy April evening promises favorable…

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