New column: “How to break the heart of a modern college student”

dances2This week in my newspaper column, I’m talking about Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves,” and what’s it has been like to share the film with my college students, who weren’t even born yet when the movie came out.

After 13 years of teaching college students, I should never be surprised at the things they do … but I am.

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New column: “Where were you on September 11th?”

An aerial view of the September 11th memorial in downtown New York City.

An aerial view of the September 11th memorial in downtown New York City.

Hi, friends. My column this week is both memory and reminder. Where were you on September 11, 2001?

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New column: “It’s fun–and important–to mark life’s special moments”

eclipseMy column this week in The Greenville News is about the recent full solar eclipse, and my family’s experience of it, marking life’s special moments, parenting, simple things, and more. I hope y’all enjoy it.

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New column: “Kindness is key, even (especially) when we disagree”

kindnessHi, all! It has been a wet, wild week for the Southeast, and the forecast is keeping us all on our toes. I’ve been thinking about and praying for everyone in the Caribbean, Florida, and for my family in the Carolinas. Please be overly-cautious and safe!

This week, I’m considering tone. How we say something matters, now more than ever. This, kindness, letter writing, and more, in my column this week in The Greenville News. I hope y’all enjoy it.

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New column: “Here’s to the teachers, and here’s to us!”

photoboothstripBy far, the bravest thing I do each year in late August is to watch my children walk away from me, and into school. So this week in my column in The Greenville News, I’m raising my glass, so to speak, to the countless educators and support staff who make the academic year possible for my children and all children, of all ages.

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

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New column: “A Confederate flag story, a story I’m embarrassed to tell”

stock-photo-columbia-south-carolina-july-confederate-activist-attend-a-flag-raising-event-held-in-677335648This week in my column in The Greenville News, I wrote about something I did as a 13 year-old: something that has haunted me ever since. It involves race, friendship, history, a letter to the editor, and the Confederate flag. Since the print version of the column came out just this morning, I have received many, many emails. Most have been exceedingly kind. Others, unmannerly, full of vitriol. I wish I could say I had not expected it.

I am a proud Southerner. I am a proud South Carolinian. I can be all of these things, and also ashamed, also sorry, also willing to dig into my history and be unafraid of what it has to show me. I believe this of each of us.

My friends–the people I love, the people I’ve known since childhood and with whom I’ve gone to school and church and more–are all so very different in their politics, religious beliefs, and upbringings. I love them all, in part BECAUSE of these differences.

I will not, however, step forward as a writer into a world that does not allow me, my friends, or anyone else, to be anything less than fully-fledged humans: full of mistakes, complications, fear, and hope. I have daughters to raise, and they are watching. I also have a privileged voice, and I’m damn well going to use it.

To read the column, click here.

 

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New column: “August is a time of bittersweet transition”

August signifies the end of summer, no matter what the calendar may claim, no matter whether we have school-age children or not. There is just something in the air. So this, and more, in my column this week in The Greenville News.

I sure hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Play the tourist in your own town”

I am lucky to live in a vacation destination. This means dealing with tourists. Thankfully, my 8 year-old reminds me of the joy in this.

To read my column this week in The Greenville News (with tons of big, pretty photos) click here.

I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Soothing place”

Soft wave of  sea on the sandy beachRecently, I was lucky enough to spend a week at the beach with my family. Early one morning, my sister and I sat side by side in beach chairs, watching her toddler try her 18-month-old best to eat sand. The sky and the sea were, quite simply, gorgeous. My sister said, “Everyone needs to find their soothing place, and just sit in it.”

So that’s my column this week in The Greenville News. I hope y’all enjoy it, and I hope you are able to find your soothing place–and just sit in it.

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New column: “Swimming lessons”

There is not much more important in the summertime South–and, really, anywhere in the world–than learning to swim. So that, fear, courage, swim teams and more in my column this week in The Greenville News.

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