America’s children are out of time

“America’s children are out of time”

Because of print deadlines, I turn in my newspaper columns a week before they’re published. This piece was written over a week ago. On Tuesday the college where I teach was placed on lockdown, and my older daughter experienced her first lockdown at her elementary school. This reeks of a brutal and telling irony. As the Dean of Students said in her email to the campus community after the event, “Today our campus lost a little bit of its innocence.”

Many writer and teacher friends of mine have posted in the days since I wrote this column, speaking of their experiences with teaching and parenting under the threat of a school shooting. I hope we all read, and listen. As always, I treasure your readership. Thank you for listening to me.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Pay attention to me!”

Actually, the newspaper changed the title of this week’s column to “Every mom faces a precarious balancing act,” but I’m a temperamental artist and I like mine better.

If I had my druthers, the title would read, “Every parent faces a precarious balancing act.” Because I truly believe this is a challenge for moms and dads both. I know it is for my husband and me!

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

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New column: “It’s the Winter Olympics! You should throw a party”

winterolympicsLast week, my family was lost in the world of Disney, where I took a much-needed social media break. That being said, I forgot to post my column.

So here it is, and it’s about the Winter Olympics, the parties I’ve thrown with one of my dearest friends, silliness, costumes, friendship, winter sports, and more. Also, there were no photos appropriate enough for the newspaper.

To read, click here.

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New column: “What I’m reading and watching this winter: ‘Finding Your Roots’ and more”

blurredbookHi, folks.

Last week, I mentioned somewhere and to someone that the week had been a doozy. This week heard me say it, and is currently laughing in my face. We are battling influenza, lost gemstones, children staging WWIII instead of taking their Tamiflu, husbands in hotels, spilled coffee, and much worse.

That being said, there is better stuff to do, including to read my newspaper column this week, which has nothing to do with the above but is, instead, all about what I’m enjoying this winter: the books I’m reading and the TV shows I’m watching. I’d love to know what you’re enjoying this winter, too!

To read, click here.

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TWO spaces left at the Tinderbox Writers Retreat, March 15 – 19 on Sullivan’s Island

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I’m thrilled to be part of the Tinderbox Writers Retreat, March 15 – 19 on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Thrilled to teach, thrilled to write, thrilled to commune with women writers. (Can you tell I’m excited?)

I’ll be teaching a workshop on “Writing History in Place.” But there are other workshops, too–plus time, space, and quiet in which to write. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?

There are two spaces left, so women writers considering investing in your craft, check it out at www.kimberleybrockbooks.com.

 

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New column: “Solitude can be a gift in today’s busy world”

With newfound artist and writer friends, and trusty and gorgeous sleigh horses, in Johnson, Vermont, 2008.

With newfound artist and writer friends, and trusty and gorgeous sleigh horses, in Johnson, Vermont, 2008.

Cripes, I almost forgot to post my newspaper column today! It’s been a week of random fevers, manic hand-washing, and sickness prevention in my house. This morning I stood in front of my college students and couldn’t even remember what day it was.

That being said, my column this week is about solitude, and the gift that it can be, when we let ourselves remain open. To read, click here.

I hope everyone stays healthy and well this winter!

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New column: “‘Thank you’ notes, and the case for gentility”

floral-wreath-with-thank-you-message_23-2147559723Hi, all. My most recent newspaper column is about “thank you” notes, gentility, parenting, the modern world, and my being tired. (Just kidding about the last one. Or not.)

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

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Sullivan’s Island, here I come: Tinderbox Writers Retreat 2018

Spring-2018-TINDERBOX-WRITERS-RETREAT1-1024x418I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the Tinderbox Writers Workshops this Spring on beautiful Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, as a workshop leader. Founded by Kimberly Brock, author of The River Witch and Georgia Author of the Year 2013 …

… the “retreat was created to nurture the creative spirit of women, to celebrate our stories through the written and spoken word. You’ll spend four days devoted to your writing, reading, and sharing. You’ll be challenged to explore the deeper questions about what you want to say in your writing. Begin your days with walks on the beach, nourish yourself, embrace solitude when you need a quiet moment, and form friendships that will last a lifetime. You’ll enjoy a full schedule of Tinderbox Coaching Sessions and one-on-one mentoring and be encouraged to dig deep during plenty of protected time for focused writing alongside other writers who are dreaming big, too.”

For more information on the Tinderbox Writers Retreat, other workshop leaders, how to register and more, please click here.

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New column: “Raising a sensitive child … when you’re a sensitive parent”

Parenting is not for sissies. Most especially when we see our own struggles manifest in the people we love most in the universe: our kids.

So this, parenting, life, children, sensitivity, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Winter is a time to dream”

snowbabyWinter is my favorite time to be a writer. As the winter landscape silvers and chills, my mind–and imagination–seem to open that much wider.

So this, and more, in my newspaper column this week.

To read, click here.

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