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No Greater Love

No greater love have I ever lost than my magnificent Promise. From the day he was born he was the iconic image of Carpe Diem Farms. We announced his birth in The Highlander and he became the talk of the town!  Photographers, parents with children, friends of the farm gathered to see our one and only foal born on the …

BBBS Looking Ahead

As the new Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Coordinator of Cashiers, I’m looking forward to this new year.  We ended 2015 with a wonderful holiday group outing to the Asheville Community Theatre.  It was a great way for me to meet and enjoy time with 20 “Bigs” and “Littles” as we rode the bus to Asheville to watch “The Best …

Banning Winter Blues

Most folks have heard the term “winter blues,” but sometimes these feelings are extreme, can impact someone’s daily life, and might be a sign of something more serious. Consider these problems that can pop up at this time of year – major depression; feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day; having low energy; losing interest in activities you …


Something to Chew On

The Rotary Club of Highlands and the Highlands Mountaintop Club started a dental health program for the Highlands School in 2009.  Approval was obtained from the Macon County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Dental Regional Health.  Over 80 percent of tooth decay is now found in approximately 25 percent of the children.  Today, 50 percent of our …

New Faces Familiar Places

Walk into the Hudson Library in Highlands and you’re likely to see two new faces at the Circulation Desk – Jessica Kovacs and Emily Crowell.  Both arrived in November, but Emily has been part of the Fontana Regional Library for years.  She has worked part-time at both the Macon County Library in Franklin and the Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library.  …

Nan and Jerry Take Heart

Should you walk into Health Tracks at Highlands Cashiers Hospital, it’s likely you’ll see a familiar face. Nan Presley has been the wine concierge at Bryson’s Food Store for years.  Now she volunteers at Health Tracks beside her husband Jerry, who really is The Wiz.  This man behind the curtain has been a volunteer for 15 years and has some …


Celebration Destination

Looking to host a corporate picnic, family reunion, birthday party, wedding, or other special occasion event in 2016?  Look no further than The Village Green, a lovely 12.5 acre park in the heart of Cashiers.  The outdoor rustic feeling and the peaceful natural surroundings make it a picture-perfect spot for celebrations of all sizes. The Village Green has three open …

A Doctor’s Passion

When I decided to go back to school to study for my doctorate degree, there wasn’t much hesitation in my actions.  In a matter of weeks, I was enrolled in school and retiring from my 20-plus year career as a tennis professional.  I had discovered my real passion and I was finally pursuing a career based around that passion.   Since a …

Thumbing Through Titians

When I started teaching high school art I’d pass out college level art history books to my beginning students.  Believing students must be exposed to great art in order to learn how to draw well, I’d have them read about any artist whose work they found intriguing.  Sometimes, after reading, students were asked to render an apple, a flower, or …


Tracking Slatten

On a Civil War battlefield, Confederate Cpl. Jeptha P. Slatten lay on the ground, wounded but still alive.  Despite the pain of his wounds he was mentally disassociated from the violence and chaos around him and laid there pretending to be dead.  Many hours later a doctor at the nearest medical-aid station, amputated Jeptha’s wounded arm and threw it on …

Harry Moments

In the early 1900s, Highlands’ go-to doc was the highly-regarded Dr. Mary E. Lapham.  When she left to head a Red Cross Mission in war-torn Europe, the Red Cross sent a trained nurse replacement, Miss Margaret Harry, to work with the mountain folk. From 1920-28 Margaret ran a five-bed health clinic in Highlands’ Masonic Hall. Town folk were so fond …

The Future of Wine

I have seen the future in wine, 25 years into the future to be precise. There will be a new generation of wine thinkers, innovators, renegades if you will. There first step will be to adopt a totally arbitrary level of alcohol that no well-made or balanced wine should exceed.  They will be motivated by a belief that the only good …