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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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For Valentine’s Day, Five of the Places I Love

Today is Friday the 13th. We had a two-hour school delay today in Western North Carolina for cold. (Yep: cold.) I’m wearing fleece pants and my Sorel snow boots. I didn’t brush my hair before dropping my older daughter at … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “On Valentine’s Day, ‘All you need is love’”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about love. Because love is all there is. It’s easy. To read, click here. To hum along with the Beatles all morning long, click below. All You Need is Love  

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Today’s column: “The family flu: This, too, shall pass — won’t it?”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about our recent–and continued–bout with the family flu. To read, click here. Healthy ones, may the force be with you!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip (yay!) for the (meh) Super Bowl

So, I’m a college football girl, and don’t really care about the Super Bowl. However, I know a lot of folks do! Plus, I’m okay with any excuse to make football food. Football food is scrumptious. Here’s my favorite chicken … Continue reading

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New column: “When you’re a parent, hits just keep on coming”

Happy Thursday, folks! Today’s newspaper column is up at The Greenville News. It’s about how parenthood is a constant lesson in humility. And a little tidbit about how I had to take off my pants in public. Read here. Enjoy!

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Today’s column: “Friendship is a labyrinth that’s hard to navigate”

Everywhere I look lately, people are talking about friendship: how to make new friends, how to maintain friendships in a busy world; how to deal with inevitable friendship woes–like being left out. So that’s the topic of my newspaper column … Continue reading

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