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.

To read, click here.

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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.

To read, click here.

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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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New column: “Reporting back from Winter Storm Jonas”

Little house in ALOT of snow

Little house in ALOT of snow

This week’s new column in The Greenville News is my family report from Winter Storm Jonas. Which dumped almost 16 inches of snow on my town.

Because who doesn’t want to leave their house via sled?

To read, click here.

 

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New column: “When a book is more than a book”

This week’s brand new column in The Greenville News is all about the best way to escape.

Are you thinking, Caribbean island? Think again….

To read, click here.

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Book Club Event Thursday Evening – Alexander County Library, N.C.

Keowee-Valley-screenI’m happy to report that my Book Club visit to the Alexander County Book Club in Taylorsville, N.C. is back on for tomorrow night! We were derailed by Winter Storm Jonas, but now we’re back on track.

I love visiting Book Clubs, mostly because I love people who read books. It’s a unique pleasure for me to be in their company, and especially to delve back into Keowee Valley, my first historical novel, and to remember what it was like to research and write the story. Those characters are special to me, and their adventures something I lived in my imagination but which still feel so very real.

This is a new book club, and the event is free and open to the public. So if you live in the nearby area, I do hope you’ll join us!

 

 

Details:
Thursday, January 28, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Alexander County Public Library
Taylorsville, N.C.
Free!

For more details, please contact Library Director Laura Crooks.

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Snow Day!

girls (2) houseinsnow (2) snow teepee (2)We are loving our snow day here in Western North Carolina! At least a foot of snow so far, with more to come tonight. And hey–the power’s still on!

 

 

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New column: “Making the case for winter”

From last year's big storm.

From last year’s big storm.

Hi, y’all! Happy almost-weekend. Here in the Mountain South, we’re bracing for a possible winter storm on Friday.

I love snow, and considering that our snow totals just went from 8 – 12 inches to 4 – 6 inches, I don’t trust anybody. I’ve had my heart broken by snow (and forecasters) before.

Still, I believe today’s column in The Greenville News is particularly appropriate, considering. To read, click here.

And stay warm and safe, everybody!

 

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