Yes, Chef, I’ll Fix the Homeplace

She was obsessed with repairing the Alabama home where she grew up. But some things just can’t be fixed.

Good Mountain People

Many lessons about the values of a South we want to live in come from Marianne Leek’s recent story.

The Tennessee Floods (Villanelle)

Poet Mel Buckingham from Nashville sets her memories of the 2010 Cumberland River floods to the strict rhyme scheme of the villanelle.

Hope Is a Place

Marianne Leek went to interview 87-year-old David Burch in North Carolina. She thought it would last an hour. But it lasted all day. And she learned a lot of lessons about hope.

We’ll See You on January 7!

All of us at Salvation South look forward to spending our first full year with you in 2022.

Mama’s Pimento Cheese Goes to College

Beloved newswoman Kay Powell tells us how her mama’s pimento cheese wound up being the subject of a sociology class in Colorado. (Recipe included.)

Seeds for Marvin

Compelled by a family tragedy, Frankie Roberts started LINC to provide hope, skills and community for men and women coming out of prison and addiction.

The Crossing

The Appalachian mountains are full of women who “become everybody’s mother.” This poem from Marianne Leek pays Christmas homage to one of them.

A Little House of Hope

To get through times like these, we’ve got to build our own little houses of hope and then live in them.

That Wasn’t for Me

Erik Peters brings us a small piece of fiction about a small gesture — and how such gestures can mean so much.

The History of St. Nick

Their mother was honest with her children. If only her children hadn’t been honest with their classmates.

Faithful Friends

Our editor ponders whether we can create a new recipe for a happy Christmas.

Learning to Love the A Minus

Or, How the Pandemic Kicked My Kitchen Perfectionism to the Curb