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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New column: “The power of our places”

My oldest daughter, bounding across Robert Frost's fields in New Hampshire

My oldest daughter, bounding across Robert Frost’s fields in New Hampshire

Saturday is Earth Day, and I love the Earth. In fact, it’s difficult for me to really express how much I love and need the natural world–how much my “places” mean to me and my family.

Never have our national wild and public lands ever been in such peril as they are today. So I’m letting my inner environmentalist, hippy, tree-hugging, conservationist, Earth-loving self loose in my column this week in The Greenville News. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Easter makes a promise to all of us”

There is so much about Easter that changes for me, year after year, depending on where I am in my life, on my own faith “hike,” or how I feel about the world. But one that never changes is the promise Easter makes, and the way the world comes to life this time of year

Our fronds from Palm Sunday

Our fronds from Palm Sunday

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So that’s my column this week in The Greenville News. I hope y’all enjoy it.

To read, click here. And may we all have a Happy Easter, a lovely Passover, and more.

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New column: “Teaming up with my husband for a Whole30 challenge”

Lunch on Whole30: leftover Chicken Pineapple Salsa, orange, guacamole & carrots, Welch's 100% grape juice.

Lunch on Whole30: leftover Chicken Pineapple Salsa, orange, guacamole & carrots, Welch’s 100% grape juice.

Hi, friends. So, my husband and I have been doing this “eating plan,” as like to call it–because I refuse to use the word “diet” around my daughters–since March 15th. Perhaps you’ve heard of Whole30?

Okay, so I made my husband do it with me. Because without the Tall Man, all is lost.

That, and more, in my column this week in The Greenville News. Hope y’all enjoy it!

To read, click here.

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New event in Greenville, South Carolina – May 2, 2017

UMWomenHi, all.

I’m thrilled to announce that on May 2nd, I’ll be speaking at the Mother/Daughter/Sister/Friend Banquet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Hosted by the United Methodist Women, our theme will be “We Are All Sisters!” I plan to ruminate on what it means to be a woman in the modern world, something about which I’ve been lately doing a lot of thinking. I will try to be funny.

This is especially fun for me, because Aldersgate is my home church. I grew up there!

 

The event is open to all church members, family members, and friends. Tickets are $9. For more details, call the church office at 864.244.1820.

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New column: “Let’s go to the movies!”

moviesI love the movies! There is nothing like sitting in a dark theatre, waiting for a whole new world to begin.

So that’s my column this week in The Greenville News, with an homage to “Annie.” I sure hope y’all enjoy it!

To read, click here.

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New column: “I need a she-ro”

sheroesThese days, I need a she-ro. (Insert the 1980s Footloose soundtrack at will).

So that’s my column this week in The Greenville News. I hope y’all enjoy it. And if you do, I hope you’ll share.

To read, click here.

To listen to the song, click here: I Need a Hero.

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New column: “Book clubs and dreaming big”

Me with my 6th grade Language Arts teacher, Evelyn Pollard!

Me with my 6th grade Language Arts teacher, Evelyn Pollard!

It’s a special thing, as a first-time novelist, to visit book clubs. A dream come true, really. But it’s especially lovely when you get to be the guest at the book club of your 6th grade Language Arts teacher, like I was! So that’s my column this week in The Greenville News.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Unpredictable March”

marchRaise your hand if some days, it feels like March weather is just messing around with you.

Yep, me too. So that’s my column this week in The Greenville News.

I hope y’all enjoy it! If you do, I hope you’ll share.

To read, click here.

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