New column: “Weddings celebrate all the ties that bind”

weddingWeddings are so much fun, for so many different reasons. So: weddings, marriage, old friends, love, reunions, camp, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “April’s forecast: sunny with a chance of grumpy”

aprilhaApril isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So this, spring, life, poetry, and more, in my newspaper column this week.

Hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “A trip down memory lane”

familyforgnMy newspaper column this week is about a trip my cousin and I took down memory lane, to our old stomping grounds at Clemson University. It’s also about college, memory, family, parenting, and more. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Birds of a feather”

flockLast week my kids (not me) were on Spring Break, and in the chaos I completely forgot to post my column.

Here it is! It’s about birds of a feather, getting away, finding your flock. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “She said, he heard: navigating relationship topography”

Relationships, (mis)communication, marriage, topographical maps, country music and more, in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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Snow walk late last night.

Snow walk late last night.

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New column: “The moody month of March is a teenaged girl”

Hi, folks,

My newspaper column this week is all about the unpredictable month of March. Which I liken to a teenaged girl, having been one myself.

Sadly, there are absolutely no photos of my teenaged years to share.

I hope y’all enjoy it. To read, click here.

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New column: “Beloved veterinarian catered to pets — and their people”

With my soul-mate dog, Scout, who Walter Robinson, DVM, cared for her whole life.

With my soul-mate dog, Scout, who Walter Robinson, DVM, cared for her whole life.

Hi, folks.

My newspaper column today is about my beloved family veterinarian, who passed away in February. It’s also about pets, kindness, and being a last chance guy.

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America’s children are out of time

“America’s children are out of time”

Because of print deadlines, I turn in my newspaper columns a week before they’re published. This piece was written over a week ago. On Tuesday the college where I teach was placed on lockdown, and my older daughter experienced her first lockdown at her elementary school. This reeks of a brutal and telling irony. As the Dean of Students said in her email to the campus community after the event, “Today our campus lost a little bit of its innocence.”

Many writer and teacher friends of mine have posted in the days since I wrote this column, speaking of their experiences with teaching and parenting under the threat of a school shooting. I hope we all read, and listen. As always, I treasure your readership. Thank you for listening to me.

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New column: “Pay attention to me!”

Actually, the newspaper changed the title of this week’s column to “Every mom faces a precarious balancing act,” but I’m a temperamental artist and I like mine better.

If I had my druthers, the title would read, “Every parent faces a precarious balancing act.” Because I truly believe this is a challenge for moms and dads both. I know it is for my husband and me!

To read, click here. I hope y’all enjoy it.

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New column: “It’s the Winter Olympics! You should throw a party”

winterolympicsLast week, my family was lost in the world of Disney, where I took a much-needed social media break. That being said, I forgot to post my column.

So here it is, and it’s about the Winter Olympics, the parties I’ve thrown with one of my dearest friends, silliness, costumes, friendship, winter sports, and more. Also, there were no photos appropriate enough for the newspaper.

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