Author Archives: scout2011

New column: “Fill in the blank”

If only I could __________, my life would be perfect. How many of us have played the game of fill-in-the-blank? That and more in my column this week in The Greenville News. I hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click … Continue reading

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New column: “Valentine’s Day and middle school romance”

Ah, middle school in the 1990s. A time of budding romance, zits, braces, shoulder pads, and perms. That’s my column this week in The Greenville News. Sure hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “Which wolf are you feeding?”

My column this week in The Greenville News is about that ever-present inner battle between hope and fear. It’s one we all face. And it comes with a choice: which one will we let win? To read, click here. P.S. … Continue reading

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New column: “A puppy–and dog owner–in training”

Hi, all. Forgot to post yesterday. My column this week in The Greenville News is about training our new puppy, Merlin. And, of course, training ourselves. That and more if you click here. Sure hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “A story about whining”

Hi, all. My column this week in The Greenville News is about whining. Because if I hear my 7 year-old whine one more time, I’m moving to Australia. To read, click here. Hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Not your average sports story”

I don’t know if you heard, but the Clemson Tigers won the 2016 college football National Championship. The Tigers are my team: I’m a lifelong fan, and an alum. So that–and a love of sports, and more–is what my column … Continue reading

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Walking the Story: a new essay at the Bell Bridge Books blog

Happy, Happy Friday, friends! A short piece of mine is currently being featured at my publisher’s website. Called “Walking the Story,” it’s about how I quite literally walked, hiked, backpacked, paddled, climbed and swam the story as I wrote my … Continue reading

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New column: “Saying goodbye to a friend”

When you were a kid, did you have a friend who moved away? Well, I’m a grown-up (most of the time), and my friend is moving away. So that’s what my column is about this week in The Greenville News. … Continue reading

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New column: “We are all works in progress”

My column this week in The Greenville News is all about falling flat on your tush, and getting up again. And imperfection, life, and more. I sure hope y’all enjoy it. To read, click here. ** Also, just in case … Continue reading

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Need a new book to read for 2017? “Keowee Valley” on sale for ONLY $1.99!

Hi, folks. I’m excited to share that the Kindle version of my historical novel, Keowee Valley, is on sale from now until January 15th at Amazon! ONLY $1.99!  Folks have some really nice things to say about Keowee Valley: Pat … Continue reading

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