Tag Archives: holidays

New column: “‘Keep the change, ya filthy animal’”

Lately, I’ve been channeling the cranky old mobster from the film “Home Alone.” That and more in my most recent newspaper column. I sure hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “Readying the home for Christmas”

How do you prepare for the holidays? Are there things you do, in a very specific way, each year? In my house, we celebrate Christmas. Our preparations are a tradition, one I’ve begun in my own home. They are an … Continue reading

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New column: “My grown-up Christmas wish”

Preparations. I don’t know about y’all, but I am in the midst of them: preparing for the end of the college semester–which means grading papers and projects–and for Christmas, which involves everything you can imagine when you are a woman … Continue reading

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New column: “Easter makes a promise to all of us”

There is so much about Easter that changes for me, year after year, depending on where I am in my life, on my own faith “hike,” or how I feel about the world. But one that never changes is the … Continue reading

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New column: “The magic of Christmastime remains”

The holidays, I think, are a special but complicated time to be a grown-up. This year, in particular, I’ve felt tender to the world. So that’s what I decided to write about in my column this week in The Greenville … Continue reading

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New column: “The comfort and necessity of our holiday rituals”

Happy Friday, all! Oh, how good it feels to welcome the weekend! My column this week at The Greenville News is about my family’s holiday rituals, virtually unchanged since childhood. I hope you enjoy reading. And I’d love to hear … Continue reading

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New column: “Holiday prep is different for each of us”

Hi, all! My column this week in The Greenville News is about prepping for the holidays in somewhat unusual ways. I hope you enjoy it! To read, click here.

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Christmas in 18th Century America + Keowee Valley STILL only $1.99 at Amazon!

Because my historical novel, Keowee Valley, is STILL only $1.99 in the Amazon Holiday Store until December 31st, my publisher,┬áBell Bridge Books, asked me to blog about it. Here’s a short piece about what it was like to write about … Continue reading

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New column: “What do we want our holidays to be?”

It’s the first week of December, and the Christmas rush has begun. So, in my column today in The Greenville News, I’m taking stock–and asking myself, “What do I want my holidays to be like this year?” I hope you’ll … Continue reading

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New column: “There may be a method to the madness of the holiday rush”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about those wild, crazy, far-too-stressful, far-too-fast, way-too-short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And how I’m starting to understand why there are people out there who put their Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

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