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Happy Belated National Dog Day … with Quotes!

How did I miss National Dog Day yesterday? My beloved black labrador retriever, Scout, has been my constant companion for the past 11 years. She’s my best buddy, my trail partner, my parenting partner, and the most patient and loving … Continue reading

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What is Your Wild?

This video from The Wilderness Society, featuring actors Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, is too good not to share. I believe wilderness is worth it. What is your wild?

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Firsts

Today my oldest daughter started kindergarten. She woke up at 6 a.m., bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. We made pancakes, packed her Wonder Woman lunchbox and got her school supplies gathered up, then walked to school as a family. She was fine. … Continue reading

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Literary Pilgrimage Day 3: Hiking Mt. Holyoke & on to Vermont

It’s taking me a while to get these posts about my Literary & History Pilgrimmage done, and for that I apologize. My newly-minted five year-old starts preschool next week, I start teaching my college students again this week, and my … Continue reading

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New column: “Put some of summer’s lazy pace into your Fall”

Today’s new column at The Greenville News is all about how to hang on to summer just a little bit longer. Or, at least, my attempt. Read it here. I hope you enjoy!

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Some Things to Share: Rock climbing musings, Diana Gabaldon & the Outlander Series, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall

Hello, all. It’s an absolutely gorgeous mid-August day here in the mountains of Western North Carolina: humidity-free blue skies, green, green trees, and everyone out and about and soaking it up while it lasts. So I’m feeling happy, and just … Continue reading

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Thursday Newspaper Column: “Secret way to get to the beach full of treasures”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about my love of back roads, paper maps, and simple pleasures. I do hope y’all enjoy. Read it here. And if you like it, please share!

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New Column: “Find time for a family pilgrimage”

Forgot to post the link yesterday to my newest column in The Greenville News. This one’s about the idea of a family pilgrimage, summer road trips, literature and history. I hope you enjoy! Read it here.

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New Column: “Put down your phone, for the love of Pete!”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about how much I looovvvveee when people–in social situations, i.e. with others present–are completely glued to their smart phones. Yep. Enjoy it (I hope!) here.

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Literary Pilgrimage, Day 2: Orchard House, Dickinson Museum, Mt. Holyoke

Whew. Let me say that again. Whew. I am home, finally, after an almost three-week trip up to New England and back again. In that time I took a two-day novel research trip to Massachusetts, attended my last residency as … Continue reading

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