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New column: “Birds of a feather”

Last week my kids (not me) were on Spring Break, and in the chaos I completely forgot to post my column. Here it is! It’s about birds of a feather, getting away, finding your flock. I hope y’all enjoy it! … Continue reading

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America’s children are out of time

“America’s children are out of time” Because of print deadlines, I turn in my newspaper columns a week before they’re published. This piece was written over a week ago. On Tuesday the college where I teach was placed on lockdown, … Continue reading

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Sullivan’s Island, here I come: Tinderbox Writers Retreat 2018

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining the Tinderbox Writers Workshops this Spring on beautiful Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, as a workshop leader. Founded by Kimberly Brock, author of The River Witch and Georgia Author of the Year 2013 … Continue reading

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New column: “How to break the heart of a modern college student”

This week in my newspaper column, I’m talking about Kevin Costner, “Dances with Wolves,” and what’s it has been like to share the film with my college students, who weren’t even born yet when the movie came out. After 13 … Continue reading

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New column: “Here’s to the teachers, and here’s to us!”

By far, the bravest thing I do each year in late August is to watch my children walk away from me, and into school. So this week in my column in The Greenville News, I’m raising my glass, so to … Continue reading

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New column: “Swimming lessons”

There is not much more important in the summertime South–and, really, anywhere in the world–than learning to swim. So that, fear, courage, swim teams and more in my column this week in The Greenville News. To read, click here.

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New column: “End of semester crunch time”

It’s that time of year: crunch time for teachers, students, and parents. And I am buried beneath a pile of papers. Help! Kidding. Only a little. That and more in my column this week in The Greenville News. To read, … Continue reading

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New column: “Book clubs and dreaming big”

It’s a special thing, as a first-time novelist, to visit book clubs. A dream come true, really. But it’s especially lovely when you get to be the guest at the book club of your 6th grade Language Arts teacher, like … Continue reading

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New column: “Do all the things. Try all the stuff.”

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Oh, how I hope that today has been filled with friends, family, great food and good cheer for all of you. My column this week in The Greenville News, however, is not about Thanksgiving. It’s about being … Continue reading

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New newspaper column: “Teacher appreciation”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is for the teachers. In my case, for one in particular: my high school AP English teacher, Ms. Sue Wilson. She’s the kind of teacher everyone wishes they had. To read, click here.  

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