tour­ing the south, the rise of agri-​tourism

The post-​NAFTA South is depend­ing on tourism to bring it back from eco­nomic dis­par­ity. Every­one seems to blame NAFTA for their eco­nomic woes. Towns like Wash­ing­ton and Colum­bia, North Car­olina, are hop­ing to cap­ture tourism dol­lars to replace tax...

Holler. Hol­lerin'. Yelling too.

holler: [v] bawl, call, cheer, com­plain, cry, hoot, howl, roar, scream, screech, shriek, shrill, squawk, squeal, ulu­late, vocif­er­ate, wail, whoop, yap, yelp . . . Roget’s The­saurus I've told you about the Pan­tego Mud Run, one community’s answer to fund rais­ing...

Dinah's Land­ing

Progress Roads change. Back in the late 1980s, I raised two girls and a garage full of crit­ters on a slice of the east­ern shore­line called Dinah's Land­ing. We lived in company-​owned hous­ing, a small pre­fab 3 bed­room, 2 bath home on a Wey­er­haeuser pine...

The Pan­tego Mud Run

Vol­un­teer fire depart­ments, espe­cially rural ones, often have to resort to some cre­ative fund rais­ing activ­i­ties. Turkey shoots are a real pop­u­lar cash cow. No, they don’t actu­ally shoot birds, they com­pete for accu­racy shoot­ing at tar­gets. Win­ner gets...

Close Your Eyes and Remem­ber #1

Close your eyes. Think on this. Imag­ine the Sev­enth Grade back when we had Junior High Schools. (If you're too young to do this -- you can still read on, just think back to your youngest teenage years.) Not mid­dle schools. Back when the US still had a des­ig­nated...