We Live Close to Our Stories

When life gets too structured I like to travel and explore with no agenda or research, to find what is there to find. As I’ve gotten older I am not a collector of postcards, but roam the back alley for texture or sit in a park and watch it become a cinema. It is a hot July day when I arrive in Birmingham, Alabama, slightly more than two hours from my home in Tennessee.

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“Something Magical”: A Glimmer of Hope for the American Chestnut

More than a century ago, the American chestnut was decimated by a fungus. A group of scientists, volunteers, and university biology, geology, and environmental science departments are fighting to bring it back. But it will take a lot longer to restore the American chestnut to its place in the Appalachian forest than it did to destroy it.

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Holiness in the Hills

Unstopped by law, the people of the Appalachian Mountains are as dedicated to defending their religious traditions as they are moonshine and coal mines.

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A Pinch of Knowing

The choice to sacrifice health for convenience; to elect globalization instead of localism in the marketplace; to secure a food industry rather than a community of cultivation, has mankind running to the hills—and back to the family farm.

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St. Elmo Spirit

St. Elmo has played a part of the newest incarnation of a city that has undergone many. Cradled in the dip between Lookout Mountain and Hawkins Ridge, this neighborhood was born from yellow fever and it lives on because of corgis.

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