Author Archives: scout2011

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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New column: “New Year’s traditions around the world and at home”

This New Year’s, be like people in other countries: toss flowers into the sea, talk to animals, wear colorful underwear. Smooch. That and more in my column in The Greenville News. Happy New Year to all!

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New column: “December birthdays”

My column this week in The Greenville News is for all the December babies, including myself, my mother, my father, my aunts, my brother-in-law, and my late grandfather. Yep, December is BIG at our house. That, and it’s also about … Continue reading

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New column: “8 Christmas stories, courtesy of history”

My column this week in The Greenville News is a nod to Christmas history. So many wonderful things have happened over the years at Christmas time; here are eight of my favorites. To read, click here.

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New column: “The magic of Christmastime remains”

The holidays, I think, are a special but complicated time to be a grown-up. This year, in particular, I’ve felt tender to the world. So that’s what I decided to write about in my column this week in The Greenville … Continue reading

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New column: “The comfort and necessity of our holiday rituals”

Happy Friday, all! Oh, how good it feels to welcome the weekend! My column this week at The Greenville News is about my family’s holiday rituals, virtually unchanged since childhood. I hope you enjoy reading. And I’d love to hear … Continue reading

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