New column: “The college kids are just fine”

collegeMy column this week in The Greenville News is about what it’s like being a college professor, teaching writing, college students, my old college profs, and my experiences conducting creative writing workshops just last week.

I hope y’all enjoy, and I hope you have a lovely Easter!

To read, click here.

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What will we do without Pat Conroy?

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This week’s column in The Greenville News is in memory of beloved South Carolina author Pat Conroy, who passed away very recently due to pancreatic cancer.

There was no question, when it came time to write my next column, that it would be about him. His work has been a part of my life for 20+ years, inspired my own career, and in my family, we consider him our literary patron saint.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Celebrating women’s history in our own words”

rosieThis week’s column in The Greenville News is an homage to the ladies, because it’s National Women’s History Month! The column is filled with, among other things, some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite women.

Hoorah for the ladies!

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Dear South Carolina – Love, Pat Conroy

By now, most of you know that South Carolina lost its native son, writer Pat Conroy, only this week to pancreatic cancer. Devastated, I’ve combed the Internet over the past several days for different obituaries and tributes to him.

Today, I came across this link to the foreword of a book of essays Conroy edited, which was published in 2013. He wrote the foreword; it is, very much so, a love letter to the state of South Carolina. I just had to share.

To read, click here.

 

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New column: “What price is civility?”

This week’s column in The Greenville News asks the question, “What price are we willing to place on civility?”  Along with some advice from my grandmama.

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Quick link to a recent article at CampPage.com

campHi, all,

I’ve started a new freelance gig, writing posts for CampPage, which is a web site with a treasure trove of information about summer camps across the country. My first post is up today, and it’s about Camp High Rocks in Cedar Mountain, N.C.

Camp High Rocks is a summer camp for boys, so if you’ve a son or grandson who might be interested in summer camp, it’s worth a look. Also, this just so happens to be the place where I worked for years as an outdoor educator, and where I met my husband.

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New column: “Jury duty is so much more”

courthouseThis week’s new column in the The Greenville News is all about my recent experience serving on jury duty. With a little bit of European and U.S. history tossed in for fun.

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New column: “Aunts and uncles play a special role”

My newspaper column this week in The Greenville News–posted a wee bit late, so sorry!–is all about family. Namely, about the special role aunts and uncles play in the lives of children.

To read, click here.

Happy weekend, and hope y’all enjoy!

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Tough News for Author Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy, South Carolina gentleman and literary legend, has just announced that he’s been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He posted the following on his Facebook page:

Hey out there,

I celebrated my 70th birthday in October and realized that I’ve spent my whole writing life trying to find out who I am and I don’t believe I’ve even come close. It was in Beaufort in sight of a river’s sinuous turn, and the movements of its dolphin-proud tides that I began to discover myself and where my life began at fifteen.

I have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and I intend to deliver it.

Much love,
Pat Conroy

This is devastating news for the literary community, and of course for Conroy’s family and friends. Pancreatic cancer is the disease which took my grandmother from us far too soon, and it breaks my heart to know that one of my literary heroes is battling it.

I first read Conroy’s work when I was 10 years old; he has quite literally been my family’s literary patron saint–an author each of us read, enjoyed and loved because he so bravely and gorgeously said all the things we felt about our homeland–throughout my life. His writing has been an inspiration to me for so long that I can’t imagine my writing and reading life without him. He endorsed my first novel, an act of stunning generosity that has been a highlight of my young writing career.

Mr. Conroy is a fighter, and he’s promised to fight. I plan to keep him, and his family and friends, in my thoughts and prayers.

 

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New column: “Welcoming a new member of the family”

With Scout, December 2014

With Scout, December 2014

I’m posting this week’s new column in The Greenville News a bit late, and for that I apologize. I have been serving on jury duty all week long, and my service ended today. I’ve felt a bit like I’ve been on another planet, and I’ve had to recalibrate a bit.

So, the column is about us starting our search for a new member of the family, and why we’re finally ready. To read, click here.

 

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