Category: Arts & Culture

Caring and comfort at life’s end

by Todd Cohen photograph by Jill Knight Life can unfold and conclude with a mysterious kind of symmetry. Brenda Gibson’s mother, Violet Chappell, once longed to be a nurse. She worked at Duke University Hospital for 17 years but, lacking…

The amazing grace of friendship

by Nation Hahn illustration by Brian Hubble Friend (n.) – One attached to another by affection or esteem (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) We toss the word friend around easily. There are Facebook “friends.” We call the person we just met for coffee for…

Duane Raver: Illustrating Wildlife

by Liza Roberts photographs by Nick Pironio Down a pebbly road, in a wood-framed studio in a rural corner of Garner, wildlife artist Duane Raver is perfecting a swan. Its wings stretch across his canvas, feathers precise in number, formation, and color….

Spotlight: Tutu School – Sharing the magic

by Jessie Ammons photographs by Missy McLamb At Tutu School Raleigh, enchantment is par for the course. “I believe in that experience that I have when I’m dancing, in sharing something – movement, music, storytelling – with an audience that’s magical,”…

Spotlight: Shaw at 150

by Jessie Ammons Eight months after the end of the Civil War in 1865, former Union soldier Henry Martin Tupper used his army earnings to found Shaw University, the first university for freedmen in the South. A century and a…

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