Author Archives: scout2011

I swear this is not a book blog: and, What I’m Reading Now: Rene Denfeld’s “The Child Finder”

Pandemic win: more books. Another recommendation from a friend … although I probably shouldn’t have read this one at night. Which speaks to the power of Rene Denfeld’s harrowing and atmospheric novel. The Child Finder is fast-paced, tightly-plotted, and touching … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading Now: Helene Wecker’s “The Golem and the Jinni”

Book recommendations from friends have been one of the wins of this pandemic year. I always tend to read very different sort of books from the ones usually on my list when it’s a friend handing it over. The Golem … Continue reading

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Katherine May’s “Wintering”: What I’m Reading Now

I finally finished Katherine May‘s Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. I say “finally,” because while I normally read fast, I savored this book. Saved it for bedtime each night, snuggled up under our three fleece … Continue reading

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“In hell they’ll roast thee like a herrin’!”: Or, In Appreciation of Burns Night

Tonight is Burns Night, when Scots and others around the globe celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Burns has been one of my favorite poets since I first read him as a high schooler in English class. Burns … Continue reading

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Madam Vice President

Nina Simone singing “Feeling Good” in 1965 feels like a fine way to celebrate the United States of America finally making good on one of its many promises. “Birds flying high, you know how I feel Sun in the sky, … Continue reading

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Pandemic Parenting: Sending my kids back to school after 305 days at home

Today is the first day in 305 days that I have been away from both my children. The last time was March 12, 2020, when they went to school for the day before the Covid-19 pandemic changed all our lives … Continue reading

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Entering the Festival of Lights – Happy Hanukkah!

Yesterday was the first day of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Here’s a link to my newspaper column last year, in which I wrote about its history, with the help of some of my childhood friends. To … Continue reading

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Do your Christmas ornaments tell a story?

It’s difficult to play favorites. But my favorite Christmas ornaments are those which mean something specific: the ones collected on trips and adventures, those given me by friends, and those which hung on my grandparents’ tree. A brief history (photos … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story for your Kindle

Last December (what a different world!) I wrote and published Evergreen and Expectations: A Keowee Valley Christmas Story via Kindle. It’s a brief dive back into the 18th century, the Southern frontier, and a chance to spend Christmas with Quinn, Jack, … Continue reading

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Pandemic isolation and small divinities

A friend of mine posted yesterday a simple message asking us to offer compassion and even small gestures of kindness to ourselves and others. She’s a nurse, and so is her sister. To say this pandemic time has been hard … Continue reading

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