It was at 6:40 p.m., Sunday, April 18, 2010, that I finally hit Middle Age. Scratch that. It was at that moment that I finally realized I had hit Middle Age. In truth, I’d probably been there for years. I was on the back half of 39, after all, and could tick a good number…

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Instead of condos, a biologist builds wetlands behind his house What was once a lovely sloping green lawn tucked behind Matt Mullen’s West Asheville neighborhood will soon be an oasis for water-loving wildlife: a wetlands twenty yards from his back porch. Mullen is building a three-pond micro-wetlands that will not only beautify the neighborhood but…

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For reasons unknown, I chose to introduce my two-year-old son Eli to the sublime art of sledding from the top of the steepest and most treacherous slope in our neighborhood. The hill was short for sure but as steep as a cow’s face, beset by gnarly winter trees and rocky in all the wrong places.…

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by Jay Hardwig “I’m hot, sweaty, thirsty, and smelly, but I’m having a great time.” The pronouncement came from my eight-year-old son as we scrambled up a small summit on the Mountains-to-Sea trail late last summer. It was hardly the deep backwoods: we were a scant mile from the Folk Art Center, a fifteen-minute downhill…

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