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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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What Would Quinn Do?

To go directly to my guest post at Bell Bridge Books, “What Would Quinn Do?” click here.  Fall may be my favorite season. It’s more than the trees and mountains around my town awash in red, orange, and gold, and … 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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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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