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Writing–and researching–an 18th century Christmas (Keowee Valley still on sale at Amazon: 99 cents!)

Hi, folks. Well, there was a bit of a snafu at the newspaper, and my regular column wasn’t published today. They’re hoping to have it in Sunday’s paper, and when they do, I’ll share it here. In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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New column: “The greatest gifts to give, receive”

What can we give each other–all of us–for Christmas this year? I have some ideas. To read my newspaper column this week, click here.

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New column: “Make the holidays your own celebration”

Happy December, everyone! My newest column is about December celebrations, big and small–and a trip I was lucky enough to take with dear friends to Charleston, South Carolina, to celebrate a milestone birthday. We must mark the moments, y’all! ‘Tis … Continue reading

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New column: “Come together for the holidays, no matter your family’s traditions”

This is a season of celebration: of peace, hope, and good will, in faith traditions all over the world. In honor of Decemver 3rd marking the first day of Hanukkah, my newspaper column this week is about the history and … Continue reading

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New column: “We give thanks in spite of ourselves”

Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader friends! I hope you are all celebrating today, and this week, with the people you love. Since childhood, Thanksgiving has been special to me. But I’ve struggled with the roots of the Thanksgiving story–mostly, with what … Continue reading

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New column: “Ellis Island safeguards key component of U.S. history”

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to New York City with my sister and mother, to celebrate our mom’s 70th birthday. To put it mildly, we had a ball! One of the coolest, most important stops on our trip … Continue reading

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New column: “Sometimes we all need to act like kids again”

If there’s anything the holiday season teaches us, it’s that sometimes, we all should act like kids again. Here are some reasons why. To read my newspaper column, click here.

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New column: “A few books, movies and TV shows to check out this fall”

It’s November, y’all. And in November, I like to hibernate. Oh, who am I kidding? Children don’t let you hibernate. So in November, I like to pretend to settle down and to read, watch TV and movies, and cocoon myself … Continue reading

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New column: “Goofy, scary, Halloween hijinks? No, thank you”

I’m a chicken. I don’t like to be scared. Watch a horror movie? Visit a haunted house? No, thank you. But it’s Halloween, or almost, so this newspaper column’s for those of you who do enjoy terror. And fright. And … Continue reading

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New column: “The not-so trivial pursuit of ‘useless knowledge’”

My newspaper column this week is about the interesting people born in, and events that occurred, over the years in October. What can I say? I am a pursuer of trivia. A keeper of “useless” knowledge. It’s fun to know … Continue reading

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