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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. Her parenting/outdoor life column appears in The Greenville News (S.C.) every Thursday, and is often picked up in newspapers across the 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: “Readying the home for Christmas”

DSC_1100How do you prepare for the holidays? Are there things you do, in a very specific way, each year? In my house, we celebrate Christmas. Our preparations are a tradition, one I’ve begun in my own home. They are an act of willful sacredness: something I cling to in tough times.

So this, and more, in my newest newspaper column. I hope y’all enjoy it.

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New column: “My grown-up Christmas wish”

colonialwreathPreparations. I don’t know about y’all, but I am in the midst of them: preparing for the end of the college semester–which means grading papers and projects–and for Christmas, which involves everything you can imagine when you are a woman with two small children who go to church and school.

There are things I wish for, too, this year–not the least of which is peace. So that’s what my newspaper column is about this week. I hope y’all enjoy it, and I hope you get all you wish for this holiday season.

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New column: “On Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the words of others”

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-thanksgiving-turkey-illustration-made-up-words-often-associated-holiday-image34042495Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Today, my column is about this wholly American day, how we celebrate, its complications and joys, and what others have had to say about it over the years. I sure hope y’all enjoy it.

As for me, I am thankful on this day and always for your readership, and for the time you take to listen to what I have to say. Blessings upon you all!

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New column: “This Fall, find yourself a good booth”

My daughter, enjoying a good booth at the local diner.

My daughter, enjoying a good booth at the local diner.

My newspaper column this week is an ode to the booth. Yes, a booth! The thing you sit in when you go to a diner. (Also, it’s about community, intimacy, and more.)

I hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “November is beckoning”

11235834-autumn-appalachian-hiking-trail-foggy-nature-blue-ridge-fall-foliage-bridge-near-grandfather-mountaiAh, November. If the weather would only act like it.

Despite the too-warm Fall we’ve had so far, there is much to love about this month. That and more in my newest newspaper column. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “How present are we in our own bodies”

I can't bend this far ... yet.

I can’t bend this far … yet.

Y’all, church basement yoga has been saving my sanity lately. This, parenting, life and more, in my recent newspaper column.

I hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “You’re too hard on yourself”

Isn’t it time we go a little easier on ourselves? Perhaps, especially, us women?

This and more in my newest newspaper column. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Autumn has ‘a mysterious influence upon the heart’”

I don’t know about where you live, but here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it does not yet feel like Fall. The upper 70 and 80 degree days we’ve been experiencing lately are most definitely not the norm here in October, and I’m ready for the crispness this season promises.

Cataloochee Valley, NC

Cataloochee Valley, NC

The 19th century newspaperman, artist and angler Charles Lanman once wrote that, “Autumn has a most mysterious influence upon the heart.” I couldn’t agree more. So that’s what my newspaper column is about this week. I sure hope y’all enjoy it.

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New column: “The best laid plans of husbands and wives”

In my newspaper column this week, I’m mourning plans for a dream vacation that were thwarted by Fate. Fate, in the forms of a drug cartel and a Category 5 hurricane.

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New column: “How to break the heart of a modern college student”

dances2This week in my newspaper column, I’m talking about Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves,” and what’s it has been like to share the film with my college students, who weren’t even born yet when the movie came out.

After 13 years of teaching college students, I should never be surprised at the things they do … but I am.

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