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Pandemic Parenting: Sending my kids back to school after 305 days at home

Today is the first day in 305 days that I have been away from both my children. The last time was March 12, 2020, when they went to school for the day before the Covid-19 pandemic changed all our lives … Continue reading

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Entering the Festival of Lights – Happy Hanukkah!

Yesterday was the first day of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Here’s a link to my newspaper column last year, in which I wrote about its history, with the help of some of my childhood friends. To … Continue reading

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Do your Christmas ornaments tell a story?

It’s difficult to play favorites. But my favorite Christmas ornaments are those which mean something specific: the ones collected on trips and adventures, those given me by friends, and those which hung on my grandparents’ tree. A brief history (photos … Continue reading

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Essay: Motherhood is an Act of Infinite Optimism

Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! Here’s a gift from me to you: a link to the Mother’s Day newspaper column I wrote for Gannett in 2017. I hope it makes you laugh. Motherhood is “an act of infinite optimism” My eternal … 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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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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First Book Love, Book Clubs & Tea Towels

I believe I’ve mentioned before my undying love of book clubs. Since my debut historical novel, Keowee Valley, was published waaaayyyy back in 2012, I’ve met with dozens of book clubs to talk about it. These “meetings” never fail to … Continue reading

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I Screwed Up Today (or, Parenthood is Not for Sissies)

Picture this: It is 7:45 a.m., and my children and I are walking into school. My 9 year-old walks two steps ahead, just out of arm’s length and just far enough so that I don’t see the sour expression on … 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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