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Ode to a Lands’ End Coat

Dear Lands’ End: Tomorrow this coat is being donated to a coat drive at my 8 year-old daughter’s elementary school. It’s a big moment for me, and I have to say “thank you.” I was given this coat as a … Continue reading

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Our Undying Gratitude – Veteran’s Day 2021

Harry Truman, a veteran of World War I, in a broadcast to the Armed Forces in April of 1945: “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en begins the dark season

I sure hope all of you had a Happy Hallowe’en, and a good and magical Samhain (as the Celts and others called it). In our family we had a Viking, a Valkyrie, a dragon, and the Grim Reaper. A spooky … Continue reading

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On Retreat: Why making time for ourselves as artists looks different for each of us

Over the course of my 20 years as a working writer, the idea of being “on retreat” has morphed into many different iterations. I’ve attended writers’ retreats chock full of activities like workshops, craft talks, writing prompts, and more–most wherein … Continue reading

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New Book Review: “To the Bones” by Valerie Nieman, in Appalachian Review

Hi, friends. It’s been a while. Again. For my family and me, time has both sped up and seemed suspended or slow during the year and a half of pandemic life. I know we’re not alone. Like many of you, … Continue reading

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What a long, strange trip it’s been

Hi, friends. It’s been a while. First, there was summer. It was, by far, the fastest summer of my life. As usual, my children (ages 12 and 8) were home, so there was no writing to be done. But we … Continue reading

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Fabulous new Southern fiction coming in Spring 2022: THE LOST BOOK OF ELEANOR DARE

Utterly out of my mind excited for and proud of my dear friend, the author Kimberly Brock. Our first novels came out the same year (2012) with the same small publisher. We met at a conference in North Georgia touring for … Continue reading

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A Beloved Local Business Closes its Doors – Writing About Friends

It’s always an honor to be asked to write something, especially when it’s for dear friends. After 13 years, a beloved downtown Brevard business, Kiwi Gelato, is closing its doors. I’m thankful that our hometown Brevard newspaper, The Transylvania Times, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading Now: Robert Macfarlane’s “The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot”

This is a special book. It begs to be read slowly, so as to savor each line. Not since reading Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek in my early 20s have I experienced a book like this: one which offers … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Recap: Time away + Mom-xiety + You are enough

A few years ago my family started a Mother’s Day tradition of gifting me with a night or weekend at the lake, alone. I laughingly refer to myself as an extroverted introvert, but what is more true is that I … Continue reading

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