I’ve lived minutes from the Eno River for most of my life. I spent some time living near the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and have lived a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, but Piedmont North Carolina’s Eno River is the sweet, humble body of water that always feels like home […]
November is Indian American Heritage Month. Here are three ways to be an ally to indigenous people, from Blue Cross NC's tribal liaison.
Around 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates detailed the relationship between our living environment and our health in his book On Airs, Waters, and Places. In the book, the great physician and philosopher offered guidance to doctors who traveled the countryside, advising them to consider a range of factors that have a significant impact on health and […]
Having a hook (like a waterfall or an awesome view) is key to a successful family hike. So is hiking a trail that’s not too long, not too hard. (Snacks help, too.) Here are 5 family-friendly hikes that fit the bill.
With a new school year approaching for many of us, a lot of parents are worried about how their kids will do academically, socially, and emotionally. Maggie Brown shares how she's managed caring for both her kids and herself during this challenging time.
As the world around us closes down, one place hasn’t: the outdoors. True, some facilities have closed. North Carolina State Parks closed its visitor centers and campgrounds. Most local parks departments have closed their rec centers and canceled programs. But for the most part, trails and greenways remain open. That’s not to say that taking […]
For the last decade or so, I’ve started keeping an eye out for the first signs of spring beginning the second or third week of February. Usually, the spring peepers are the first to signal the pending change; I heard my first of the year on January 12 in a vernal pool near Jordan Lake. […]