Author Archives: scout2011

Weekly Lines: Scene from my novel-in-progress

I’ve decided to dedicate a page here, at my author website, to Weekly Lines: scenes I’ve decided to share from my work-in-progress. For more info about the novel itself, click my Work-in-Progress page, here. Today’s lines involve my 2004 protagonist, the … Continue reading

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I Screwed Up Today (or, Parenthood is Not for Sissies)

Picture this: It is 7:45 a.m., and my children and I are walking into school. My 9 year-old walks two steps ahead, just out of arm’s length and just far enough so that I don’t see the sour expression on … Continue reading

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In honor of International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, here’s the link to a newspaper column I wrote in March 2017: “Holding out for a she-ro” * Note: If you have used up your free articles at the link, … Continue reading

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New scene–with coffee!–from my historical novel-in-progress

Hi, folks. Here’s a sneak peak at a scene from the VERY rough, very first draft of my historical novel-in-progress. Just to whet your history whistle on a Wednesday morning. The scene came about because of the very unusual hot … Continue reading

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Some initial thoughts: the recent decisions of the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church

If I were still writing my newspaper column, I’d be writing, this week, about the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which met over the past several days to make decisions about church doctrine regarding … Continue reading

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A sneak peak at my novel-in-progress

Hi, folks. It is a wild, woolly, rainy Wednesday here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 30-something degree rain is just downright depressing. It should be snowing. That being said, in the spirit of livening things up, I thought … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day from my family to yours! (Plus a column.)

Happy Valentine’s Day from my family to yours! Even though it’s not a real holiday, and the historical origins are dicey (and possibly a bit murderous). Still. This day reminds us that, really, all we need is love. Today I’m … Continue reading

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This is goodbye … my last newspaper column

Hi, friends. It’s with a truly heavy heart that I must announce The Greenville News and the Asheville Citizen-Times have chosen to no longer run my weekly newspaper column. My column appeared in The Greenville News every Thursday for 5 years, and for two years on Saturdays … Continue reading

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New column: “Remembering a poet who wrote in the ‘vernacular of humanity’”

Earlier this year, the United States lost one of its best beloved poets, Mary Oliver. Oliver’s words have reached an innumerable amount of people, all across the world, and from all different backgrounds. Oliver was one of those soothsayer writers … Continue reading

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New column: “Our children belong only to themselves”

My most recent newspaper column is about a realization I came to after the birth of my older daughter. It shook me to the core, and made complete and utter sense. I hope y’all enjoy it. To read, click here.

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