As the Year Wanes: Colors of Change in the Literature of the American South

As the Year Wanes: Colors of Change in the Literature of the American South

Fall arrives with a shift in the weather, a subtle tick down on the thermometer, a gentle breeze with a hint of icy breath at its edges. We reach for a light sweater, a knitted scarf. We watch the tree branches resist the air’s gathering attack, their leaves drying, browning…falling.[…]

by × September 29, 2016 ×

Fabulous Fall Photography:  Leaf Peeping Tips & Destinations

Fabulous Fall Photography: Leaf Peeping Tips & Destinations

Autumn, the most magical of times for outdoor photography. Location, they say, is everything…yet sometimes you can capture the most perfect image just outside your front door when the light hits just right. And it’s not just foliage that makes fall photography so special. Use water as a source of[…]

by × September 21, 2016 ×

Summer’s Last Hurrah

Summer’s Last Hurrah

The end of summer, so bittersweet. The air is a little cooler, the days a little shorter. Back to school days ahead, vacation days behind us. Why not make the most of the summer days that remain. Don’t let the season end without fitting in another hike, trip to the[…]

by × July 17, 2016 ×

Summer Music Festivals!

Summer Music Festivals!

The summer music festival season is in full swing! There is nothing quite like dancing in the great outdoors with friends, listening to your favorite bands or discovering some new act or music genre… music festivals have become a staple of summer. It may be your favorite oldie band at[…]

by × June 22, 2016 ×

Understanding through Literature

Understanding through Literature

Why do we as humans fear what we don’t know? Why do we try to tear down what our own experiences have not allowed us to understand? Why don’t we respond to fear and misunderstanding with a search for knowledge? Could it be that equipped with knowledge instead of arms[…]

by × June 16, 2016 ×

In Memoriam: American War Fiction

In Memoriam: American War Fiction

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a remembrance of fallen soldiers in the US Civil War. It celebrated the memory of the thousands of Union and Confederate warriors who’d fought and lost all, regardless of their reasons or the ultimate outcome. By the late 1800’s the day became generalized as[…]

by × May 23, 2016 ×

Spark Your Wanderlust with these Travelogues!

Spark Your Wanderlust with these Travelogues!

It’s the time of year when the days get a little longer, the weather a little nicer, and the urge to break out of your usual routine takes hold. Many people experience serious wanderlust. Whether you dream of visiting a foreign land, going on an adventure trek, or even exploring[…]

by × May 19, 2016 ×

Earth Day, Every Day: It starts with you!

Earth Day, Every Day: It starts with you!

Spring is a time of renewal and regeneration, not just for the human spirit but for nature as well. A time to begin anew… As you take a look around, ask yourself what you can do to make your environment and the planet a better and healthier place to live.[…]

by × April 13, 2016 ×

Precious Stones: The Art of the Short Story

Precious Stones: The Art of the Short Story

Think of bood red rubies, depthless emeralds, knife- sharp obsidian: these set into carefully worked settings, a filigree of delicate silver, a cup of gold, a band of carved wood. Much like the aching and precise work that goes into making a unique bed for a polished stone, the short[…]

by × April 4, 2016 ×