Category: Spring 2017

Letter from the Editor – Stories from the Bear Chair

He was a Blue Light Special, marked down seventy-five percent after spending four months of his puppyhood in a glass cage at a pet store. When he looked at me with his little brown Schipperke eyes, my heart told me to take him home. My son and I had just been through our...

Beet and arugula salad

Farmer’s Market Finds

by Kathy Patrick ~  “Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jetlagged, just like people.” — Elizabeth Berry, Sante Fe farmer and author of Great American Bean Now that spring is all around us, it’s time to stop buying jet-lagged vegetables and head to your local farmer’s...

On Blackberry Hill

On Blackberry Hill – The Wild Pantry

by Tammy Barron ~  From risking starvation and exposure alone, to battling the elements naked and afraid, turn on the TV and you’ll find dozens of programs that play out the drama of survival. What began as Survivor’s reality TV experiment has now evolved into an international phenomenon; one where every conceivable situation of primitive survival is produced and...

Inside view of treehouse with crooked windows

The Ultimate Treehouse Experience

by J. Erickson ~  The Blue Ridge Treehouse at Bear Claw Vineyards I’m a big watcher of reality shows such as Fixer Upper, Tiny House Nation and Tree House Masters, where things actually get built and accomplished vs. one of the Real House Wives of Who Cares shows. That’s why when we were invited...

Dog Eared

Dog Eared – Keep It Classic

by Ciara N. Mealer ~ Whether reading a treasured favorite once more or filling in some gaps in your literary repertoire, it’s never a bad time to revisit the classics. Much as I love contemporary books, I never forget the importance of classic literature, novels that have stood the test of time. Reading...

fish out of water

Fish Out of Water – Working Like a Dog

by Rachel Turner ~ Typically when I go out on an assignment for an article, I’m doing something out of character and am therefore dreading it in some form or fashion. A few of my feats have had me paralyzed in absolute, heart pounding fear, and left me thinking, “Why am I...

Everyday Runway

Everyday Runway – Rejuvenating Beauty Trends for 2017

by Ali Freeman ~  Spring, the season of renewal, opens the door to new beauty possibilities. While some of last years beauty trends, like unicorn inspired makeup, left us questioning everything, 2017 is looking much more promising! Here are twelve of the latest beauty trends for your hair, makeup, and skincare rejuvenation this Spring. All About That Hair...

Robert's World

Robert’s World – Honey Do’s and Don’ts

by Robert Smyth ~ With spring on its way, spring cleaning and the dreaded Honey Do List is inevitable. If you are not familiar with this list, it’s the list your honey, aka your wife, gives you of tasks she would love to have accomplished around the house. These tasks are usually ones she has no desire to...