Ruth Ann Grissom

Biography

Ruth Ann Grissom grew up on a farm in Montgomery County and earned degrees in journalism and social work at UNC Chapel Hill. She divides her time between Charlotte and the Uwharries.

Stories by Ruth Ann Grissom

The mystery of trail trees

Years ago, a friend in Uwharrie showed me a crooked tree on his family’s property. Its trunk was bent at two right angles, creating a horizontal span about 4 feet off the ground. Some believe...

New plant in the Piedmont – the Tall Marshallia

The discovery of a new species conjures images of explorers in pith helmets hacking through remote regions of the Amazon and stumbling across something outlandish. The reality is generally much less...

Appreciating an unsung N.C. pine

In 1963, the General Assembly boldly proclaimed the official state tree of North Carolina would be – drum roll, please – the pine. The legislature missed the opportunity to herald an...

Longleaf, far as the eye can see

A decade ago, the book Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest traced changes that reduced a forest once covering 92 million acres to less than 3 million acres. Now a new book...

Armchair birding

Birds flock to Mama’s feeders this time of year. She has several seed and suet feeders hanging from the maple outside her living room window. When the Cooper’s hawk swoops across the yard...