New column: “Wonder Woman made me cry”

My toddler, as Wonder Woman.

My toddler, as Wonder Woman.

We all need a hero who looks like we do. Wonder Woman has been my hero since I was a little girl. So my column this week in The Greenville News is all about her, the new film, superheroes, feminism, girl power, childhood and more. I hope y’all enjoy it–it was one of my favorites to write.

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New column: “Turn up the music”

This week, my column in The Greenville News is about the music of summer–those songs that take us back in time, and are meant to be turned up, and turned up LOUD. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Gardening is an optimist’s job”

gardenPlanting a vegetable garden is not for the faint of heart … or the faint of humor.

That and more in my column this week in The Greenville News.

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Book Review of Connie May Fowler’s “A Million Fragile Bones”

amfb2My review of bestselling author Connie May Fowler’s environmental memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Appalachian Heritage magazine.

To read the review for free and in full, click here.

Lovers of nature, story, and soul, get your copy wherever books are sold. Book clubs, especially, will love this.

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New column: “Historic preservation is at the heart of a strong community”

natltrusthistoryHi, all! My column this in The Greenville News week focuses on National Historic Preservation Month, and protecting our shared past. I hope you’ll take a look here.

 

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Interview with Connie May Fowler, author of “A Million Fragile Bones”

amfb2Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing bestselling author Connie May Fowler for the Spring 2017 Issue of Appalachian Heritage magazine. Fowler’s new environmental memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, was published last month from Twisted Road Publications. A Million Fragile Bones is the story of Fowler’s life on a tiny sandbar off the Florida coast, set against the backdrop of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil explosion and disaster.

We corresponded over the course of a week from my home in the mountains of Western North Carolina to her home on an island off the coast of Mexico, in the Yucatan. Thank heavens for the Internet!

To read the interview in full, for free at Appalachian Heritage, click here.

* My review of the memoir will also appear in the Spring 2017 Issue of the magazine.

 

 

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New column: “‘Motherhood is an act of infinite optimism’”

My mom and my girls, at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.

My mom and my girls, at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.

My newspaper column this week is all about the moms. And how I had to extract a seed from my child’s ear last week. And quotes from the funniest moms in America. And more.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, no matter what name you go by, no matter to whom you belong!

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New column: “Ours is a collective heart”

womenRecently, I had the honor of being asked to speak to the United Methodist Women’s group at the church where I grew up, in Greenville, South Carolina. It was a wonderful night, to say the least … but beforehand, I was nervous. That and more in my column this week in The Greenville News.

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New column: “End of semester crunch time”

What my dog, Merlin, does when I try to grade papers.

What my dog, Merlin, does when I try to grade papers.

It’s that time of year: crunch time for teachers, students, and parents. And I am buried beneath a pile of papers. Help!

Kidding. Only a little.

That and more in my column this week in The Greenville News. To read, click here.

 

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New column: “Find that special spot wherever you are”

aligatorThere are cool little places, and new things to do, wherever we are. Let’s go on an adventure!

That’s my column today in The Greenville News. To read it, click here.

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