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Best Buddies

Some things we can let go of. Other things we can stash in the bottom drawer. But the best things can stay in your heart forever.

An Ode to the Holiday Popcorn Tin

After you’re full, what will do you with it? Because it’s almost a certainty in this season that someone, somewhere will give you a huge tin bulging with popcorn.

The Fullness of Life

Fiction takes the lead in this week’s edition of Salvation South.

The Crooked Road

“I didn’t know whether to congratulate her or say I’m sorry. I didn’t recognize her at first.” A short story about separation, reunion, and the long, twisting path of a marriage.

Three Views From Pine Mtn.

There are Pine Mountains all over the South. Maybe all of them are worthy of a poem.

The Bears of Porter Valley

A ranger job in north Georgia turned him into a keen watcher of black bears. Then, two friends wanted to come bear hunting. No bears fell, but lessons were learned.

A Good Cat Is Hard to Find

“I was a middle-aged woman sitting semi-nude in the mud in the wee hours of the morning, singing to a stray cat in an ivy patch.”

Amy Ray Gives Thanks

In this special Thanksgiving feature, Indigo Girl Amy Ray talks about her new album, “If It All Goes South.” She explains how she made peace with the negativity that accompanied growing up gay in the Southern church, how her practice of gratitude is helping her transform into an “optimist Southerner,” and the ongoing importance of being earnest.

Happy Thanksgiving From Us and Amy

Indigo Girl Amy Ray talks to Salvation South about Thanksgiving and all things Southern.

A Thanksgiving Poem

From the North Carolina mountains comes a poem to remind us that the simplest moments are the things for which we should give the greatest thanks.

All Thanksgiving, All the Time

We give thanks for you and your support — and offer a week full of Thanksgiving stories.

Floor Bird

In north Mississippi, close to the Tennessee line, the extended Brown family reunites for Thanksgiving. And sometimes, they tell their secrets.

Thanksgiving Oysters

In the Ross household, a turkey on the Thanksgiving table was never enough. Oysters were required.