Tag Archives: CNF

Happy Birthday, Will Shakespeare … whoever you are

My apologies, dear friends and readers, for being so absent. I was not the most frequent of communicators before Covid-19 sent all our lives into a tailspin, and now, well … we all know what now is. My creative life … Continue reading

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Parenting in a Time of Coronavirus

When I opened my eyes this morning I immediately thought, “Here we go again.” There are many Mondays when I wake up and think this, especially as a parent. Because Mondays mean a new school week, which means waking my … Continue reading

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Going Facebook dark for Lent

If Lent is part of your religious tradition, you may have used those 40 days as a time to “give up” something over the years, be it a persnickety personal habit or a food in which you tend to overindulge. … Continue reading

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Springtime in February … and other such conundrum

So, apparently, February is now a springtime month. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina. My town sits at an elevation of about 2300 feet (higher than Asheville and Hendersonville, N.C.), and it usually–it should–snow. But climate change … Continue reading

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It’s the Autumnal Equinox! (or, Happy First Day of Fall)

Autumn, how I love thee! Let me count the ways…. Or rather, let me link you to my newspaper column from last year, when I waxed poetic–or at least enthusiastically–about the arrival of Fall. I really miss writing my column, … Continue reading

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How are we honoring the memories of those lost on September 11th, 2001?

Early this morning in my kitchen, I stood over the makings of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my older daughter’s lunch, strawberry jelly dripping from my knife, and took a deep breath. My God, how much more American … Continue reading

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In honor of International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, here’s the link to a newspaper column I wrote in March 2017: “Holding out for a she-ro” * Note: If you have used up your free articles at the link, … Continue reading

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Some initial thoughts: the recent decisions of the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church

If I were still writing my newspaper column, I’d be writing, this week, about the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which met over the past several days to make decisions about church doctrine regarding … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day from my family to yours! (Plus a column.)

Happy Valentine’s Day from my family to yours! Even though it’s not a real holiday, and the historical origins are dicey (and possibly a bit murderous). Still. This day reminds us that, really, all we need is love. Today I’m … Continue reading

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New column: “Remembering a poet who wrote in the ‘vernacular of humanity’”

Earlier this year, the United States lost one of its best beloved poets, Mary Oliver. Oliver’s words have reached an innumerable amount of people, all across the world, and from all different backgrounds. Oliver was one of those soothsayer writers … Continue reading

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