It’s been a beautiful spring here in North Carolina — our first one. We’ve been blessed with two months of one tree or another in full bloom, beginning with the dogwoods and then the flame azaleas. Now, along with the mountain laurel and wildflowers, our own flowers planted from seed, are starting to bloom.Continue reading “SPRING IN THE MOUNTAINS”

9/11 – A Time to Try Men’s Souls

Note: I wrote this column in 2001 right after 9/11. I republish it today in honor of all the victims of eleven years ago.   “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine, 1776, The American Crisis  By Patricia Zick @PCZick Two centuries later Thomas Paine’s words serve as a guide for ourContinue reading “9/11 – A Time to Try Men’s Souls”