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Mother’s Day Recap: Time away + Mom-xiety + You are enough

A few years ago my family started a Mother’s Day tradition of gifting me with a night or weekend at the lake, alone. I laughingly refer to myself as an extroverted introvert, but what is more true is that I … Continue reading

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Over the Weekend I Pretend I’m a Writer

Just kidding. I know I’m a writer. It’s taken a while to accept it as a fact inside and out (yes, I’m aware that’s nuts; and yes, I have seen a therapist), but I’ve got it now. I may not … Continue reading

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Pandemic Parenting: Sending my kids back to school after 305 days at home

Today is the first day in 305 days that I have been away from both my children. The last time was March 12, 2020, when they went to school for the day before the Covid-19 pandemic changed all our lives … Continue reading

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Parenting in a Time of Coronavirus

When I opened my eyes this morning I immediately thought, “Here we go again.” There are many Mondays when I wake up and think this, especially as a parent. Because Mondays mean a new school week, which means waking my … Continue reading

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How are we honoring the memories of those lost on September 11th, 2001?

Early this morning in my kitchen, I stood over the makings of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for my older daughter’s lunch, strawberry jelly dripping from my knife, and took a deep breath. My God, how much more American … Continue reading

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Returning to a novel project after time away

* If you’re looking for information about MountainTop Writers Retreats, our new pure writers’ retreats hosted in the mountains of Western North Carolina November 8 – 11, 2019, please click here.  … continued from Instagram. Returning to a long prose … Continue reading

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First Book Love, Book Clubs & Tea Towels

I believe I’ve mentioned before my undying love of book clubs. Since my debut historical novel, Keowee Valley, was published waaaayyyy back in 2012, I’ve met with dozens of book clubs to talk about it. These “meetings” never fail to … Continue reading

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I Screwed Up Today (or, Parenthood is Not for Sissies)

Picture this: It is 7:45 a.m., and my children and I are walking into school. My 9 year-old walks two steps ahead, just out of arm’s length and just far enough so that I don’t see the sour expression on … Continue reading

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New column: “Our children belong only to themselves”

My most recent newspaper column is about a realization I came to after the birth of my older daughter. It shook me to the core, and made complete and utter sense. I hope y’all enjoy it. To read, click here.

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New column: “Here’s looking at our focus on appearances in a ‘selfie’ world”

Nothing matters less than how we look. This is what I believe. So that, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, the “selfie” craze, looking outward instead of inward, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I sure hope y’all enjoy it. … Continue reading

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