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A Satulah Masterpiece

The Satulah Historic District has been a cozy community since the founding of Highlands.   Claim your spot in this sought-after enclave so you and your family can enjoy the comfort and charm of this home at 430 Satulah Road.  The original 1935’s home has been artfully renovated with careful attention to retaining its historic charm.  A new roof, HVAC, electric, …

8 ways to Boost Immunity

Boosting immunity in preparation for the colder season is not a tricky game if you stock up on the right remedies.  The following natural remedies help in keeping the nasty bugs away. Eight Ways To Boost Immunity in Preparation For The Colder Season: 1. Low-sugar diet.  Sugar is a known immunity killer, yet people sometimes think that since they do …

Travel. Yoga. Love.

Experiences make us who we are.  One mission of yoga is to make the most of each present moment. When we step out of our lives and travel, it magnifies our appreciation of the life that awaits us returning home.  New perspective is refreshing and needed, just as is laughter, relaxation, and balance. Three years ago Mary Abranyi and I …


Why say a Blind “Yes” to Drugs

Ever wonder why so many of us say “yes” to drugs…prescription drugs, that is? Think about the choices you have when you are told to take a drug. Good Science is what I turn to when it comes to all things that I put in my own body. Is there good science behind the particular drug? Are the side effects …

Alzheimer’s Awareness

Chances are someone in your circle of family/friends has Alzheimer’s. While seniors enjoy extended life expectancy, Alzheimer’s numbers rise alongside. For those who live past 65, one in five women and one in 10 men will develop it. Every five years thereafter the likelihood of contracting it doubles. It ranks sixth in cause of death. Staggering statistics. While Alzheimer’s can …

Three Sisters Schoolhouse

The newest addition to the historic grounds of the Cashiers Historical Society’s Zachary-Tolbert House is an historic schoolhouse that had been on High Hampton Country Club’s property since 1890.  The school was originally built for the children of Cashiers by Wade Hampton III, and was staffed by his three sisters. For many years this small schoolhouse was the hub of …


Col. John A. Zachary

Not very long after the Cashiers Historical Society was formed in 1996, I received a phone call from Ben Zachary, one of my many Zachary family cousins, a descendant of Col. John A. Zachary’s eldest son, Alfred Zachary. Ben, like most of Alfred’s descendants, lived in the Brevard area. He had learned about the new Cashiers Historical Society and wanted …

The Rugged & the Tough

When a younger version of me got stressed about money, my Bohemian friend, Vici, would say, “Quit worrying. It’s just green paper with pictures of dead presidents on it.”  Call me pathetic, but I kind of understood that. When was the last time you saw the gold/silver those bills represent? For all we know, Fort Knox is Fort Hard Knocks …

Talking Turkey

The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is a native of North America, abundant on the continent when Columbus arrived. According to Lovett Williams, in 1492 the population of this indigenous bird covered a good deal of the eastern and southern land mass and numbered 40 million. By 1940, overhunting and habitat loss had reduced their presence to just 12 percent of …


November’s Beautyberry

Oh, Beautyberry, where have you been all of my life? Callicarpa is a captivating deciduous bush grown best in zones 5-8, and although there are different genus in the large family of Lamiaceae (AKA mint or dead nettle family), the Callicarpa Americana, or the American Beautyberry is native to the southeastern US.   There’s nothing special about its smallish leaves, but …

Wonderful Time to Wet a Line

This time of year is a wonderful time to wet a line. Crisp fall weather keeps the water temperature perfect for active trout and the leaf season crowd has died down a bit allowing some popular spots to have less pressure on the fish. During peak fishing times, anglers can be quick to drive down to their favorite water, jump …

A Trip to Rainbow Falls

Some aspects of nature seem made for interaction, while others seem built for contemplation from a respectable distance. Rainbow Falls on the Horsepasture River in Pisgah National Forest is one of the latter. This roaring cataract seems to make it into the news most years not because of its righteous thundering splendor, but because someone thinks it’s a good idea …