Good Dog: The Book

If you're a fan of good—or bad—dogs, great writing, and heartwarming and hilarious stories, you'll find plenty to enjoy in this collection of more than 50 essays by some of the most notable dog owners in literature and journalism

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Five Things We Learned at the SFA Symposium

By Jessica MischnerGood EatsOctober 24, 2014

The 17th Southern Foodways Symposium kicked off last night in Oxford, Mississippi, with a Latin-Southern Nuevo North Carolina Supper spearheaded by Bill Smith of Chapel Hill's Crook's Corner. The theme of the meal reflects the event's larger focus on diversity. Halfway through the first full day's events, here is what I've learned:

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Botanical Prints: Six Books For Plant Lovers

By CJ LotzBelow the LineOctober 24, 2014

Gardeners know fall is the time to invest in the future: plan for next spring and summer's perennials, buy bulbs, plant shrubs and trees. As temperatures turn cooler, these six new books will inspire anyone who tends plants or just loves to read about them.

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Feed Your Inner Artist at Penland

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineOctober 23, 2014

Whether you paint, sculpt, or write, there are some day-to-day distractions even a good pair of headphones and a playlist can’t block out. But at the Penland School of Crafts, situated on 400 pristine Blue Ridge acres in Bakersville, North Carolina, just an hour’s drive northeast of Asheville, you’ll find a quiet haven for makers. (Not a grocery list or laundry hamper in sight.) Penland has been educating and inspiring would-be craftsmen and professional artists for the last eighty-five years. And beginning this winter, it will host its first winter residency program, opening up studios to aspiring or established artists for short term stays during the school’s slow season, between January 11 and February 7.

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How to Tell a Ghost Story

By Jessica MischnerBelow the LineOctober 22, 2014

Savannah’s ghost tour operators are legendary for their storytelling skills. They conjure the not-quite departed all over the moss-draped Southern city—in carriages, buses, hearses, even pubs, where the tales are washed down with cold pints of beer. David Thier, a writer and frequent G&G contributor based in New Orleans, spent a year at Savannah By Foot getting schooled in the ways of delivering a spooky tale. Here, he shares the secrets to telling a ghost story like a professional.

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Party Season Prep: The Perfect Hostess Gift

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 20, 2014

Nine years ago, Robbie and Angie Cook launched Hester & Cook, a collection of tabletop, kitchen, and home goods out of Nashville, Tennessee. Their products take cues from Southern epicurean accoutrement of the past, from sets of salvaged silver-plate serving utensils—much of it sourced from estate sales across the United States—to paper placemats emblazoned with vintage botanical drawings and custom-commissioned illustrations that double as art for the table.

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Two Ways to Use Your Leftover Game-Day Barbecue

By Jed PortmanGood EatsOctober 19, 2014

Real, wood-smoked barbecue requires serious quantity in order to make any sense. When prescribed cooking times range from several hours to overnight, you aren’t going to play around with a few chops—no. The twelve or thirteen active hours required to tenderize a whole hog with hot smoke pay off with enough delicious pork to feed the parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and their friends, or a bunch of hungry tailgaters, with meat left over.

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Historical Harvest: Thomas Jefferson’s Sesame Seed

By CJ LotzBelow the LineOctober 17, 2014

In the rolling hills of central Virginia not far from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Estate, horticulturists are harvesting one special seed that traces back to the third president’s own collection: a tiny sesame seed that packs a punch of legacy.

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Casting Against Cancer

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthOctober 16, 2014

What do fly-fishing and breast cancer have to do with one another? For Dr. Benita Walton, a breast reconstructive surgeon and avid angler, the rhythmic overhand motion of casting seemed similar to the exercises she was prescribing patients after surgery and radiation. As she pondered the connection, she realized that, combined with the meditative nature of the sport, a weekend spent on the water alongside other women experiencing similar physical and emotional challenges related to breast cancer might offer better medicine than any script she could write.

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Forever Flowers

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 13, 2014

Flowers, by nature, are fleeting, but thanks to the photographs by Ashley Woodson Bailey, anyone can enjoy the beauty of iconic Southern blooms all year long.

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A Music-Filled Weekend

By The EditorsSouthern SoundsOctober 10, 2014

For the fourth year running, Zac Brown is bringing his musical menagerie to the Lowcountry. The line-up for the two-day Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, which begins Saturday, features G&G favorites such as: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Darrell Scott, North Mississippi Allstars, Steep Canyon Rangers, Secret Sisters, and many more.

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