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Mother’s Day…& Burger Nuggets

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN The fact that National Burger Month and Mother’s Day share the same month is purely acoincidence. If it were up to...

March Into Spring

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN March. We finally made it. It’s a month that is all about forward progress. After all, it’s in the name. We are...

There’s Something Therapeutic About a Fire Pit

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN I used to dread winter. More specifically, I used to dread the time between the middle of January through the end...

Find Your Bliss This Christmas

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN We all have a Christmas story in us. For one kid, it all started with a triple dog dare. And the...

And then one day, you’re wearing a vest…

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN It was a fall day, but an unseasonably warm fall day at that. The low wasn’t that low, and the high temperature...

Summer Only Lasts A Season

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN It happened one day a few weeks ago. I woke up one Sunday morning to the news that my beloved Dairy...

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The Moon Rises Over Belmont

BELMONT, NORTH CAROLINA – On average, the moon sits a whopping 226,000 miles away from the Earth. But this autumn,...

Summer Peach Galette

This peach galettte is easier to make than a pie, and is a crispy, buttery summer treat! You can also use any...

Belmont Trolley rolling forward

The Belmont Trolley is full steam...

Caprese Salad Cocktail

This is a light, bright salad that is a hit especially at outdoor parties-and easy to prepare ahead.

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Songwriting can seem like a solitary process at times, but I get the sense that putting songs together with other like-minded individuals is where the magic happens.