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New column: “Christmas ornaments can tell the story of a life”

Every stood by your Christmas tree, looking at all the ornaments, and been besieged by memory? Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about those ornaments, and the stories they tell. I hope you enjoy, and if you do, … Continue reading

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Being an Adjunct Professor Isn’t for Sissies

This coming Fall (2015) will mark my 10th year teaching English at the small, private, liberal arts college in North Carolina that I love. I teach among colleagues and writers I like and admire. Every semester I devote my time, … Continue reading

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New column: “Watching kids might be the cure for the Christmas blues”

Hi, folks. Forgot to post the link to Thursday’s column. I blame it on Finals week at the College where I teach. Or the fact that my toddler’s only slept through the night twice in the past four months. This … Continue reading

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New column: “Choosing a Christmas tree takes time and a bit of magic”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about choosing the perfect Christmas tree. My family’s method involves a national forest, friends, our dog, and a bonfire. I’d love to hear about yours! To read, go here. P.S. The Fraser … Continue reading

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Twilight Tour: A Brevard Mountain Christmas Festival

Brevard, North Carolina, the little mountain town which I’m lucky enough to call home, is a fabulously quirky place. We have a festival for just about everything (not unlike Stars Hollow, for those of you who’reĀ Gilmore Girls fans). My very … Continue reading

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New column – “Thanksgiving a true, and unique, American tradition”

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you all! I forgot to post this link to last week’s column in The Greenville News because I was way too busy eating chocolate silk pie–my favorite Thanksgiving dessert. I hope all of you had a … Continue reading

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New column: “Loving college football is a Southern family tradition”

Today’s new column in The Greenville News is all about Southerners’–and my–collective obsession with college football. This love has certainly changed over the years, from the time I was a kid tossing a football with my buddies in Clemson University’s … Continue reading

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Baby, it’s cold outside

It was 18 degrees in my little Western North Carolina town when I woke this morning. Not so unusual–if it were January. But it’s only mid-November. I’m curious about what the winter forecasters have to say about it. No doubt … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “Voting with your kids is always an adventure”

Hi, folks! Today’s column is up at The Greenville News, and it’s all about the joy of exercising your grand American right to vote. I joyfully exercised my right to vote with my 5 year-old and 17 month-old in tow. … Continue reading

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A song for Friday – “Walk Unafraid”

This cover of REM’s songĀ ”Walk Unafraid,” by the Swedish band First Aid Kit, has me longing to take to the hills this morning. It’s from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking the … Continue reading

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