Tag Archives: creative nonfiction

Ode to a Lands’ End Coat

Dear Lands’ End: Tomorrow this coat is being donated to a coat drive at my 8 year-old daughter’s elementary school. It’s a big moment for me, and I have to say “thank you.” I was given this coat as a … Continue reading

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On Retreat: Why making time for ourselves as artists looks different for each of us

Over the course of my 20 years as a working writer, the idea of being “on retreat” has morphed into many different iterations. I’ve attended writers’ retreats chock full of activities like workshops, craft talks, writing prompts, and more–most wherein … Continue reading

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New Book Review: “To the Bones” by Valerie Nieman, in Appalachian Review

Hi, friends. It’s been a while. Again. For my family and me, time has both sped up and seemed suspended or slow during the year and a half of pandemic life. I know we’re not alone. Like many of you, … Continue reading

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What a long, strange trip it’s been

Hi, friends. It’s been a while. First, there was summer. It was, by far, the fastest summer of my life. As usual, my children (ages 12 and 8) were home, so there was no writing to be done. But we … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading Now: Robert Macfarlane’s “The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot”

This is a special book. It begs to be read slowly, so as to savor each line. Not since reading Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek in my early 20s have I experienced a book like this: one which offers … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Recap: Time away + Mom-xiety + You are enough

A few years ago my family started a Mother’s Day tradition of gifting me with a night or weekend at the lake, alone. I laughingly refer to myself as an extroverted introvert, but what is more true is that I … Continue reading

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Over the Weekend I Pretend I’m a Writer

Just kidding. I know I’m a writer. It’s taken a while to accept it as a fact inside and out (yes, I’m aware that’s nuts; and yes, I have seen a therapist), but I’ve got it now. I may not … Continue reading

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Herstory

Happy Women’s History Month! My life is lousy with incredible women, past and present. Women I’ve known and women whose courage and work seeped into my DNA. My God, am I thankful for them. In honor of Women’s History Month, … Continue reading

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Katherine May’s “Wintering”: What I’m Reading Now

I finally finished Katherine May‘s Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. I say “finally,” because while I normally read fast, I savored this book. Saved it for bedtime each night, snuggled up under our three fleece … Continue reading

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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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