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New newspaper column: “Spring cleaning ‘ain’t no joke’”

This week’s newspaper column is up at The Greenville News. It’s all about Spring cleaning–or not. With a few sage tidbits from Louisa May Alcott, Phyllis Diller, and Erma Bombeck. To read, click here. Happy Spring!

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Today’s newspaper column: “Hot Springs is a road trip worth taking”

My column today in The Greenville News is all about Hot Springs, North Carolina–where my husband and I recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary. Hot Springs has hiking and history, good food and drink, rivers, mountains, ancient Cherokee art, and ghost … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “Please, never close school again”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is particularly appropriate, even if I date myself. When I wrote it, my girls had missed four days of school due to snow, ice, and brutal cold: today marks the ninth school day they’ve … Continue reading

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Photos from Western North Carolina’s “Winter Event”

Yesterday, we woke up to a surprise snowfall of about 5 inches. Actually, a little after midnight the night before last, I noticed that it was snowing. I watched the snow illuminated in the street light across the street, and … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “King’s ‘Letter’ holds lessons to remember”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is about the best letter I’ve ever read–Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”–and why I teach it to my college students each semester. February is also Black History Month, of course, so … Continue reading

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For Valentine’s Day, Five of the Places I Love

Today is Friday the 13th. We had a two-hour school delay today in Western North Carolina for cold. (Yep: cold.) I’m wearing fleece pants and my Sorel snow boots. I didn’t brush my hair before dropping my older daughter at … Continue reading

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Today’s newspaper column: “On Valentine’s Day, ‘All you need is love’”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about love. Because love is all there is. It’s easy. To read, click here. To hum along with the Beatles all morning long, click below. All You Need is Love  

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Today’s column: “The family flu: This, too, shall pass — won’t it?”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about our recent–and continued–bout with the family flu. To read, click here. Healthy ones, may the force be with you!

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New column: “When you’re a parent, hits just keep on coming”

Happy Thursday, folks! Today’s newspaper column is up at The Greenville News. It’s about how parenthood is a constant lesson in humility. And a little tidbit about how I had to take off my pants in public. Read here. Enjoy!

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Today’s column: “Friendship is a labyrinth that’s hard to navigate”

Everywhere I look lately, people are talking about friendship: how to make new friends, how to maintain friendships in a busy world; how to deal with inevitable friendship woes–like being left out. So that’s the topic of my newspaper column … Continue reading

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