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

Clouds create dramatic skies

Old Man Winter is stingy with his days.  He seems to begrudge us every second of tepid light.  At sunset, though, he becomes an extravagant spender – the bon vivant who picks up the tab for...

How green is your ‘green’ tree?

What if you want a “green” Christmas tree but don’t share my sentimental attachment to scrawny, prickly cedars cut down from the fields – or don’t have access to one?...

Island biogeography and the Uwharrie Trail

In a sense, the Uwharrie National Forest is an archipelago, a cluster of islands in a sea of private property. Less than a quarter of the area inside the proclamation boundary is actually owned by...

What makes cemeteries truly scary: A case for green burial

Cemeteries are popping up in yards across our region. Zombies claw their way back to the surface of the earth, refusing to rest in peace. Real cemeteries are even scarier – and not because of...

Fire towers: History with a view

In the Western United States, fire season generally runs from April to September. This year has seen historic fires. The largest wildfire on record in New Mexico started in the Gila National Forest...