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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: “It’s okay to embrace the after-Christmas ‘lull’”

We are entering hibernation season, folks. And that’s okay. Let’s embrace the lull. Here’s why, in my newspaper column. To read, click here.

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New column: “Winter Storm Diego meant cold weather, warm hearts”

Hi, all! My newest newspaper column is up, and it’s all about how my small community in the mountains of Western North Carolina came together during Winter Storm Diego. To read, click here. Want to stock your Kindles and e-readers … 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: “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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New column: “Where have ‘social graces’ and ‘common courtesy’ gone?”

Lately, the world has felt more than a little bit mean. I miss social grace and common courtesy: the way we’re supposed to act towards each other, as fellow humans on this good earth. So that’s my newspaper column this … Continue reading

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New column: “How will you enjoy autumn’s ‘golden days’?”

Despite the fact that temperatures in even the mountain south remain in the 80s, it is officially fall. Autumn. The season of the year that holds the most gold. How will you enjoy these fall days? This, poetry, quotes, nature, … Continue reading

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New column: “As fall approaches, find a path and make it yours”

Fall is coming. As we find ourselves busier than ever, I want us to do one thing: To find a path, a trail, a walk down the block, and make it ours. To study the small stuff. To pay attention. … Continue reading

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New column: “Before kindergarten begins, this preschool deserves thanks”

In one day, my younger daughter will go to kindergarten. My last child, my buddy, my baby. But before she does, I need to thank the preschool that cared so well for both my daughters, and for me, for the … Continue reading

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