A Little Curiosity, A Little Grit…

This house has awoken something in me over the years. Something old. Something hearty, like meat and potatoes, simple, without all the fixins. Like thick leather boots on hardwood floors, solid and familiar. It’s a feeling you can’t get with rubber soles or heaven forbid, carpet. It’s like something I’ve always known, even before I…

Do We Dare…

I wanna know… Wanna know all the stuff that makes you up. And yet I’m afraid… of being thrown. Out of my groove. Out of the self-love I’ve worked so hard to cultivate. Out of the self-awareness I own like the hardest damn trophy I’ve ever sought to win. Afraid of being thrown from my…

Lean in a little…

There’s this delicate dance with another. Like socked feet on wooden floors, Padding along so gentle yet firm. A give and take, a keeping of space. I lead, you follow. We turn and reverse. Breathing into it. This coming together and falling apart. Our bodies alive and shape-shifting to a new rhythm. Moving similarly as…

Poppy Popcorn: Growing a Business One Kernel at a Time

(Above photo via Atlas Branding) Corn Grits. Corn Tortillas. Corn chips. The list of foods created by the small golden kernel is long (and that’s not including all of the other creative ways we use this Yellow Gold in soft drinks, chewing gum, sweeteners, toothpaste and so much more!) So, one might assume that you…

Nancy and Harold Long Carry Cherokee Stories in Heirloom Seeds

When looking at corn varieties and farming in southern Appalachia, there is no greater teacher on the subject than the Cherokee. Heirloom seed saver and registered member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Harold Long, alongside his wife Nancy Long, certainly have stories to share on the subject. “With seeds, there are so many…

Great Big Beautiful Nothing

Here in the great big beautiful nothing. Here alone with a heart yearning, ovaries aching. The sea stretches on for days. A coolness lifts my sin, pulling me outward. My mind wanders in the lapping waters. It is a utopia in which I am alone. Here with tender, emotional, “simple” you. Here with a woman…

A Taste of Germany in the heart of Woodfin

This article is re-published here via the print publication Food Life Magazine: When venturing out to explore one of the many culinary wonders in Western North Carolina’s vast edible landscape, one might not imagine themselves driving too far past the string of consignment and car repair shops lining Weaverville Road. Just as you’re considering turning…

Riverside Drive is Getting Spicy

One early spring afternoon I sit tucked away in a booth at the newly-redesigned downtown Indian street food eatery Chai Pani. Across from me sits the easy-going yet highly revered three-time James Beard Award nominated chef and founder Meherwan Irani. He’s sharing memories of how he met his wife (and restaurant co-founder) Molly while waiting…

Creative Writing

Welcome! I will be sharing more of my creative writing here very soon.