A Mother’s Double Happiness

Posted by - May 3, 2018

Written by: Kelly Johnson | Photographed by Will Hair     Raised on an island off the coast of South East China, May Chen knows the tastes and smells of Chinese cuisine all too well. Living in the Cape Fear Region for the past twenty years, she feels at ease by the water and has found

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Climbing Pilot Mountain: North Carolina’s Great Guide

Posted by - May 3, 2018

Written and Photographed by Hayley Swinson     Dangling from my left hand, toes digging into the cliff, my fingers clutched the trigger on the number-five cam, a toothy metal apparatus smaller than my fist, designed to bite into the rock and protect the climber from a fall. I finagled it into a crevice, debating

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Carolina Strawberry Season

Posted by - May 3, 2018

They have since ancient times denoted purity, passion, and healing. A symbol of Venus, the Goddess of Love, because of its heart shape and bright red color. Shakespeare’s Othello decorated Desdemona’s handkerchief with their symbolism. Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of Emperor Napoleon, bathed in their juice. Medieval stonemasons carved designs depicting

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The Shift in Communication

Posted by - May 2, 2018

It’s really interesting how many ways communication can take form. Communication is the primary way we build relationships with each other, whether it be through face to face conversations, mailing a letter, sending an email, text, or Facebook message. Communication is a vital part of how the world turns and how communities are built. I

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A Life Well Lived

Posted by - April 30, 2018

Written By Tony Tata   My mother, Jerri Morris Tata, often said, “Whatever you do in life, make a difference.”   Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia near Charlottesville, Mom lived this creed. She was a public school teacher and counselor for forty-one years, later serving as a Virginia Beach school

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Silver Arts 2018

Posted by - April 30, 2018

Written by: Susan Buteau   Not only does the month of May bring forth flowers, but it also brings Art to Wilmington, especially during Memorial Day weekend. The Orange Street ArtsFest and the High School Art Show will be going on in and around the Hannah Block Community Arts Center, plus about a mile south,

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Little Pink Houses of Hope

Posted by - April 30, 2018

Written by: Veronica Wernicke   When Jeanine Patten-Coble was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 her life took on a whole new meaning. While on a run past an abandoned compound of beach houses, during a family vacation to the Outer Banks right after her diagnosis, she was struck by a calling. A calling to

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Strawberry Fields Forever: A Look at Lewis Nursery and Farms

Posted by - April 30, 2018

Story By Debra McCormick | Photographed by Will Hair   There is rich heritage in the history of farming in southeastern North Carolina, and it is alive and well at Lewis Nursery and Farms of Rocky Point, North Carolina. Lewis Nursery and Farms is a third-generation farm specializing in the production of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.

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Storytelling Piece By Piece

Posted by - April 30, 2018

Written by: Colleen Thompson   From her studio in Wilmington N.C. artist and metalsmith Jessie Yeager creates delicate, understated handcrafted pieces, all of them inspired by people and places in her life. With delicate precision and heritage craft skills, Yeager creates pieces of jewelry under her label I Like It Here Club. Named in honor

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Southwestern Treasure Hunt

Posted by - April 30, 2018

Writing and photos by Star Soza   Mention the name Tucson to anyone associated with the jewelry industry and you’ll see the light of recognition flash in their eyes along with wistful longing and excitement. What incites such a response, you might ask? Well the renowned Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, of course. Not just

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