New column: “The view from my porch desk”

Spring has got me all nutty. I forgot to post last week’s newspaper column, which is about making my move to the desk on my front porch … where I can see the world go by.

This might be a good time to mention that you should be careful what you do and say around writers.

To read, click here. Hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Tales from a failed gardener”

51112379-woman-having-a-coffee-break-while-working-in-the-gardenHoly the-days-are-getting-away-from-me, Batman! I completely forgot to post last week’s newspaper column. Which is all about plants, and gardening, and failing at it.

To read click here.

I hope y’all enjoy it! Once the new one is published (i.e. this week’s column), I’ll post it, too.

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New column: “Weddings celebrate all the ties that bind”

weddingWeddings are so much fun, for so many different reasons. So: weddings, marriage, old friends, love, reunions, camp, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it!

To read, click here.

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New column: “April’s forecast: sunny with a chance of grumpy”

aprilhaApril isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So this, spring, life, poetry, and more, in my newspaper column this week.

Hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “A trip down memory lane”

familyforgnMy newspaper column this week is about a trip my cousin and I took down memory lane, to our old stomping grounds at Clemson University. It’s also about college, memory, family, parenting, and more. I hope y’all enjoy it!

To read, click here.

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New column: “Birds of a feather”

flockLast week my kids (not me) were on Spring Break, and in the chaos I completely forgot to post my column.

Here it is! It’s about birds of a feather, getting away, finding your flock. I hope y’all enjoy it!

To read, click here.

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New column: “She said, he heard: navigating relationship topography”

Relationships, (mis)communication, marriage, topographical maps, country music and more, in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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Snow walk late last night.

Snow walk late last night.

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New column: “The moody month of March is a teenaged girl”

Hi, folks,

My newspaper column this week is all about the unpredictable month of March. Which I liken to a teenaged girl, having been one myself.

Sadly, there are absolutely no photos of my teenaged years to share.

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

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New column: “Beloved veterinarian catered to pets — and their people”

With my soul-mate dog, Scout, who Walter Robinson, DVM, cared for her whole life.

With my soul-mate dog, Scout, who Walter Robinson, DVM, cared for her whole life.

Hi, folks.

My newspaper column today is about my beloved family veterinarian, who passed away in February. It’s also about pets, kindness, and being a last chance guy.

To read, click here.

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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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