Author Archives: scout2011

New newspaper column: “Spring cleaning ‘ain’t no joke’”

This week’s newspaper column is up at The Greenville News. It’s all about Spring cleaning–or not. With a few sage tidbits from Louisa May Alcott, Phyllis Diller, and Erma Bombeck. To read, click here. Happy Spring!

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New Event: 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest, April 24 – 25th

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be one of the Author Presenters at the 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest, April 24 – 25 in Flat Rock, North Carolina on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. I’m thrilled to be … Continue reading

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New newspaper column: “Everyone has a forest. What’s yours?”

The link to the online version of my column this week in The Greenville News is already up. It’s about finding what makes us unique — and much of that has to do with the things and the people we … Continue reading

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Essay on Craft in the Winter 2015 Issue of Appalachian Heritage

I’m proud to announce that I’ve just had a craft essay (for you fine reader folks who aren’t writer folks, that’s an essay on and about the craft of creative writing) published in the Winter 2015 issue of Appalachian Heritage┬ámagazine. … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “Hot Springs is a road trip worth taking”

My column today in The Greenville News is all about Hot Springs, North Carolina–where my husband and I recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary. Hot Springs has hiking and history, good food and drink, rivers, mountains, ancient Cherokee art, and ghost … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “As winter roars its last, hunker down with a good book”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about cozying up with a good book … perhaps one from your past. What were your favorite books as a child or teenager? What would you read again if you could? I … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “Please, never close school again”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is particularly appropriate, even if I date myself. When I wrote it, my girls had missed four days of school due to snow, ice, and brutal cold: today marks the ninth school day they’ve … Continue reading

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Photos from Western North Carolina’s “Winter Event”

Yesterday, we woke up to a surprise snowfall of about 5 inches. Actually, a little after midnight the night before last, I noticed that it was snowing. I watched the snow illuminated in the street light across the street, and … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “King’s ‘Letter’ holds lessons to remember”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is about the best letter I’ve ever read–Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”–and why I teach it to my college students each semester. February is also Black History Month, of course, so … Continue reading

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The weather outside is frightful …

This week has been wild: snow, sleet and ice here in Western North Carolina, with temperatures soon to dip into the negative degrees. As I type, it’s snowing again in a bluster outside my living room window. I LOVE it. … Continue reading

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