March PineStraw

Feature Stories

Seeing Triple

Three options at one address By Deborah Salomon   •   Photography by John Gessner Houses can be 3-D textbooks chronicling history or sociology. The first cottages built by the Tufts family were [...]

Photos by Joseph Hill

We arranged to meet inside the Welcome Center on the north side of the train station in Southern Pines. “I’ll be the guy with the red scarf,” I said. “I’ll be the guy with the camera,” Joseph [...]

Painted Ponies

Photographs by John Gessner and Mackenzie Francisco Back in the saddle again The wild mustangs of the Outer Banks have nothing on us now that the painted ponies have returned to the streets of [...]


Pairing Mantids He has only one job to do. And she, with her hunger, her need to feed the future without him by consuming him, has a lot to get done before winter. His head tilts slightly, like a [...]

Why I Love Pool Halls

By Bland Simpson    Illustration by Harry Blair On a green field of order, where I wait for this game’s random shifts to bring you back, high and low, striped and solid balls rotate. I chalk my [...]


March is as harsh as it is hopeful. The earth is aflame with tender new grasses. Dead-nettle spills across the lawn like a sea of purple kisses. The birds are twittering on high and the dog is [...]

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