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Katherine Scott Crawford is an award-winning writer, newspaper columnist, and college English teacher. She’s the author of Keowee Valley, an historical adventure set in the Revolutionary-era Carolinas and in the Cherokee country.

“A glorious debut from a gifted author.”
-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and The Shoemaker’s Wife

Keowee Valley is a terrific first novel by Katherine Scott Crawford–a name that should be remembered.”
-Pat Conroy, bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad

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New column: “Christmas ornaments can tell the story of a life”

DSC_1100Every stood by your Christmas tree, looking at all the ornaments, and been besieged by memory? Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about those ornaments, and the stories they tell. I hope you enjoy, and if you do, I hope you’ll share!

Read here.

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Being an Adjunct Professor Isn’t for Sissies

This coming Fall (2015) will mark my 10th year teaching English at the small, private, liberal arts college in North Carolina that I love. I teach among colleagues and writers I like and admire. Every semester I devote my time, talents, education, experience, and heart to my students there. I do this to the detriment of my family and my bank account.

Despite having over 11 years experience in higher education, an experiential education background, a strong publishing record (including a well-received novel), and two graduate degrees, I–like so many others–am undervalued and unappreciated.

There’s no other way to say it: It sucks.

So I have to share this article by my writer-friend and teaching colleague, Jennifer McGaha, which was published today in The Huffington Post:

Bah Humbug: 14 Facts Everyone Should Know About College Adjuncts

If you’re a teacher/writer/college student/parent of a college student/parent of a future college student/work in or are associated with academia/care at all about labor laws in this country, or the undervalued, or about how generations of Americans are being educated … this is read for you.
 

 

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New column: “Watching kids might be the cure for the Christmas blues”

icyclesHi, folks.

Forgot to post the link to Thursday’s column. I blame it on Finals week at the College where I teach. Or the fact that my toddler’s only slept through the night twice in the past four months.

This past week’s column in The Greenville News was all about the Christmas blues: the underlying bittersweet-ness of the Christmas season, and how I (attempt) to cope with it. I do hope you enjoy it, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

To read, click here.

 

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New column: “Choosing a Christmas tree takes time and a bit of magic”

Ziegler Tree Farm, Brevard, NC

Ziegler Tree Farm, Brevard, NC

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about choosing the perfect Christmas tree. My family’s method involves a national forest, friends, our dog, and a bonfire. I’d love to hear about yours!

To read, go here.

P.S. The Fraser Fir Christmas Tree Farm where we go each and every year is truly unlike any other: It’s Ziegler Tree Farm (formerly High Valley Trout and Tree Farm) in Brevard. Really, in the middle of Pisgah National Forest via Hwy 64/Rosman Highway. If you live anywhere close by, or are just up for a mountain adventure, you’ve got to visit! (Be prepared for a 6 mile winding gravel road into the national forest.)

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With my puppy & the measuring stick

With my puppy & the measuring stick

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On the hunt

On the hunt

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Twilight Tour: A Brevard Mountain Christmas Festival

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Brevard, North Carolina, the little mountain town which I’m lucky enough to call home, is a fabulously quirky place. We have a festival for just about everything (not unlike Stars Hollow, for those of you who’re Gilmore Girls fans).

My very favorite festival of the year is the Twilight Tour, and this year it’s this coming Saturday, December 6, from 4 – 9 p.m. Streets are blocked off downtown, and it quite literally becomes a winter wonderland. The town Christmas tree is decorated and lit, carolers sing, there are fire bowls and S’Mores, sleigh and train rides, an elf’s workshop, delicious food, coffees, a visit from Santa himself, and more. (In the past there’s even been an ice luge for the little ones.) Shops are open late for the night. And, of course, there’s music. When the sun sets, luminaries lining the streets are lit, and the white twinkle lights gracing every tree and lamppost make it seem as if you’re at the North Pole itself.

We always watch the Christmas Parade as it passes through our neighborhood, then walk downtown to meet up with friends and enjoy the festival. There’s really nothing quite like it to kick off the holiday season, and I do hope if you’re in the neighborhood, you’ll join us.

For more information, check out the 2014 Twilight Tour Facebook page here.

 

 

 

 

 

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New column – “Thanksgiving a true, and unique, American tradition”

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you all! I forgot to post this link to last week’s column in The Greenville News because I was way too busy eating chocolate silk pie–my favorite Thanksgiving dessert. I hope all of you had a relaxing, peaceful, friend and family-filled holiday.

The column is all about the real history of Thanksgiving, and what I think it’s become.

To read it, click here.

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New column: “Loving college football is a Southern family tradition”

Today’s new column in The Greenville News is all about Southerners’–and my–collective obsession with college football. This love has certainly changed over the years, from the time I was a kid tossing a football with my buddies in Clemson University’s Memorial Stadium parking lot to today, when I’m usually watching on TV from my home in N.C. while my own babies nap.

But a college football game on a chilly Fall Saturday? There’s nothing like it in the world.

Read today’s column here.

Hope you enjoy!

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Baby, it’s cold outside

caesarsheadIt was 18 degrees in my little Western North Carolina town when I woke this morning. Not so unusual–if it were January. But it’s only mid-November. I’m curious about what the winter forecasters have to say about it. No doubt about it, it’s COLD.

I am happily headed out this morning to an even higher elevation: Caesar’s Head, South Carolina. There I’ll visit with a very unique group of women who are reading Keowee Valley. I can’t wait!

Caesar’s Head has an historic past. Of course, originally part of the Cherokee nation, after it was ceded to the U.S. government (which is a very academic and mild way to put it) it became a resort spot for travelers heading up and over the mountains into North Carolina. In addition to the history, Caesar’s Head boasts an incredible state park, waterfalls, wildlife and more. Any visit to the Upcountry of South Carolina should include it.

Hope y’all enjoy this gorgeous, frigid Saturday. I know I will!

 

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Today’s newspaper column: “Voting with your kids is always an adventure”

votebuttonHi, folks! Today’s column is up at The Greenville News, and it’s all about the joy of exercising your grand American right to vote. I joyfully exercised my right to vote with my 5 year-old and 17 month-old in tow. It was awesome.

I hope you enjoy, and if you do, I do hope you’ll share. Read here.

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A song for Friday – “Walk Unafraid”

First Aid Kit - wikipedia.com

First Aid Kit – wikipedia.com

This cover of REM’s song ”Walk Unafraid,” by the Swedish band First Aid Kit, has me longing to take to the hills this morning.

It’s from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (etc)–and starring Reese Witherspoon.

The lyrics are gorgeous, the melody stunning, and this version has me reaching for my hiking boots NOW.

Listen for free here.

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