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Professional development looks different here

Oh, we had a glorious Academic Writing Retreat at Earthshine Lodge. Professional development looks different here.  For any academic writers, on the university or college level, who write–or who need to write–I sure hope you’ll join us next time. We … Continue reading

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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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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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Writers Retreat Debrief

There is quite literally nothing, for a writer of any stripe, like being on retreat. Especially after these 13+ months of living and working during a global pandemic. Because of this, I was even more delighted than usual to serve as … Continue reading

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Calling all Academics: Need time and space in which to write? Meet us in the mountains April 13 – 15, 2021!

Calling all college and university faculty: Are you in need of time and space in which to write? Are you having trouble meeting writing deadlines? Has Covid life and the shake-up in your teaching schedules and format–i.e. all of us, … Continue reading

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How to Build a Creative Life … or, Navigating Creative Disappointment … or, The Rallying Cry of the Working Writer

I couldn’t decide on a title for this post (obviously). I am not normally indecisive—it’s just that each of the above titles fits. They are all part of the story of the working writer. Here’s my story, at least for … Continue reading

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Resolve to commit to your writing in 2020 – Winter MountainTop Writers Retreat

The new year is coming, crisp and cold and mysterious–waiting for you to finally tell your story. There is still time to register for our upcoming retreat, Winter MountainTop, hosted Jan. 30 – Feb. 2, 2020 at gorgeous Earthshine Lodge … 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: “Autumn has ‘a mysterious influence upon the heart'”

I don’t know about where you live, but here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it does not yet feel like Fall. The upper 70 and 80 degree days we’ve been experiencing lately are most definitely not the norm … Continue reading

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New column: “Play the tourist in your own town”

I am lucky to live in a vacation destination. This means dealing with tourists. Thankfully, my 8 year-old reminds me of the joy in this. To read my column this week in The Greenville News (with tons of big, pretty … Continue reading

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