Tag Archives: history

New column: “‘History junkies’ needed to make field trips come alive”

Field trips make history–and any other subject–come alive, for kids of all ages. This and more in my newspaper column this week. Plus the Transylvania History Society, who is looking for a local history buff to help them help area … Continue reading

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New column: “What I’m reading and watching this winter: ‘Finding Your Roots’ and more”

Hi, folks. Last week, I mentioned somewhere and to someone that the week had been a doozy. This week heard me say it, and is currently laughing in my face. We are battling influenza, lost gemstones, children staging WWIII instead … Continue reading

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New column: “A Confederate flag story, a story I’m embarrassed to tell”

This week in my column in The Greenville News, I wrote about something I did as a 13 year-old: something that has haunted me ever since. It involves race, friendship, history, a letter to the editor, and the Confederate flag. … Continue reading

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New column: “Historic preservation is at the heart of a strong community”

Hi, all! My column this in The Greenville News week focuses on National Historic Preservation Month, and protecting our shared past. I hope you’ll take a look here.  

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Need a new book to read for 2017? “Keowee Valley” on sale for ONLY $1.99!

Hi, folks. I’m excited to share that the Kindle version of my historical novel, Keowee Valley, is on sale from now until January 15th at Amazon! ONLY $1.99!¬† Folks have some really nice things to say about Keowee Valley: Pat … Continue reading

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New column: “December birthdays”

My column this week in The Greenville News is for all the December babies, including myself, my mother, my father, my aunts, my brother-in-law, and my late grandfather. Yep, December is BIG at our house. That, and it’s also about … Continue reading

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New column: “8 Christmas stories, courtesy of history”

My column this week in The Greenville News is a nod to Christmas history. So many wonderful things have happened over the years at Christmas time; here are eight of my favorites. To read, click here.

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I’m teaching a new class, open to all!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be teaching this Fall in the Great Smokies Writing Program through the University of North Carolina-Asheville. My class, “Telling the Truth Slanted: Writing History in Fiction,” will meet on Tuesday evenings for 10 weeks, … Continue reading

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New column: “Why we put out our flags”

My column over the Fourth of July/ Independence Day week was about all the many, and different, reasons we Americans put out our flags. I tried to post it last week, but was at a mountain lake with spotty Internet … Continue reading

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New column: “What price is civility?”

This week’s column in The Greenville News asks the question, “What price are we willing to place on civility?” ¬†Along with some advice from my grandmama. To read, click here.

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