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New article: “Looking Ahead to Summer in Brevard”

Hi, folks. My newest freelance article is up at Fisher Realty (Brevard, NC). Here’s to summertime in the mountains! To read, click here.

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In praise of teachers, who are the candle lighters

Well, I had this teacher who ________. This is the start of an answer I’ve given hundreds of times at book clubs or venues where I’ve been a featured author or speaker. Because someone always asks, “What inspired you to … Continue reading

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“You can’t put the milk back in the cow, Opie”… and other thoughts on Earth Day

The following may be my favorite quote in relation to Earth Day: Aunt Bea: “Opie, you haven’t finished your milk. We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.” Happy Earth Day, all! To put it simply: I love … 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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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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New column: “Make 2019 the year of ‘come as you are’”

If we wait until we’re perfect, we will never do anything. This is a tough lesson to learn–one I struggle with daily. So: that, life, being awkward, scared, and hopeful, and more, in my newest newspaper column. I sure hope … Continue reading

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New column: “‘Mary Poppins’ is just what the world needs”

My newspaper column this week is all about my thoughts on the new film, “Mary Poppins Returns.” And also: childhood, musical theater, and joy. I hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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