Tag Archives: love

“But bears it out even to the edge of doom”: or, Happy 16th Anniversary to Us

The first half of the title of this post is from William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116.” Feels apropro for these wild and woolly times … and for marriage in general. Today is our 16th wedding anniversary. 16 years of marriage. 2 … Continue reading

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Essay: Motherhood is an Act of Infinite Optimism

Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! Here’s a gift from me to you: a link to the Mother’s Day newspaper column I wrote for Gannett in 2017. I hope it makes you laugh. Motherhood is “an act of infinite optimism” My eternal … Continue reading

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Some initial thoughts: the recent decisions of the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church

If I were still writing my newspaper column, I’d be writing, this week, about the special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which met over the past several days to make decisions about church doctrine regarding … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day from my family to yours! (Plus a column.)

Happy Valentine’s Day from my family to yours! Even though it’s not a real holiday, and the historical origins are dicey (and possibly a bit murderous). Still. This day reminds us that, really, all we need is love. Today I’m … Continue reading

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New column: “‘Mary Poppins’ is just what the world needs”

My newspaper column this week is all about my thoughts on the new film, “Mary Poppins Returns.” And also: childhood, musical theater, and joy. I hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “The power of the human touch”

A human touch, offered in friendship and love, can be a powerful thing. So this, my own memories, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it. For some reason, The Greenville News has my byline … Continue reading

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New column: “Weddings celebrate all the ties that bind”

Weddings are so much fun, for so many different reasons. So: weddings, marriage, old friends, love, reunions, camp, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “Anniversaries”

Long about 13 years ago this week, I got married. So wedding anniversaries–how we celebrate them, what they mean to us then and now–is the topic of my column this week in The Greenville News. I hope y’all enjoy it! … Continue reading

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New column: “Ours is a collective heart”

Recently, I had the honor of being asked to speak to the United Methodist Women’s group at the church where I grew up, in Greenville, South Carolina. It was a wonderful night, to say the least … but beforehand, I … Continue reading

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New column: “Not your average sports story”

I don’t know if you heard, but the Clemson Tigers won the 2016 college football National Championship. The Tigers are my team: I’m a lifelong fan, and an alum. So that–and a love of sports, and more–is what my column … Continue reading

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