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What the National Championship Can Teach Us About the Inauguration

Originally published in The Elberton Star and The Northeast Georgian, January 13, 2016. In a flurry of text messages, my book club girlfriends reminded me why we get along so well. Half of them didn’t realize the National Championship was happening Monday night either. In face, I was pretty pleased with myself for already knowing… Continue reading What the National Championship Can Teach Us About the Inauguration

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Yes, We Are Homeschooling This Year

I’ve been skirting around the proclamation for over a month. Dancing around the possibility for a few years. Making peace with the decision since we decided to jump the county line. Yes, we are homeschooling this year. Never thought I’d really say those words. Much less about having all three of my girls home a… Continue reading Yes, We Are Homeschooling This Year

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When Your 3 Year House Becomes Your 10 Year House Becomes Your Sold House

I tucked myself into the corner of the sectional couch we finally broke down and bought last year so we would have furniture that fit this tiny living room. Early in the morning the sunlight shafts through a kitchen window I’m not great at scrubbing clean and lights up a worn table with perpetually sticky… Continue reading When Your 3 Year House Becomes Your 10 Year House Becomes Your Sold House

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Slow Down and Dwell

The first new friend I made at the Florida Christian Writers Conference this year was Lucinda Secrest McDowell. She beamed a smile and a southern welcome and gushed with excitement when she heard about my Edisto novel. Then she connected me with her Edisto friend who can help me get this book into the hands… Continue reading Slow Down and Dwell

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Cosmos From Chaos

They gather in a darkened gym in the early morning before the heat has baked the parking lot into a reflective oven. Some are heads taller and light years older and wiser than the littlest ones with their childlike faith in absolutions and fairness. They have scabbed knees and restless hearts; feet that dance because… Continue reading Cosmos From Chaos

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What We Learned in DC

We celebrated my girls end of school this year in a really big way. We skipped it. Listen, when daddy has a conference in DC and the hotel is paid for, you seize opportunity and take flight. Literally. We took the big girls on a plane for the first time. They loved it. But then… Continue reading What We Learned in DC

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Definitely Not All That and a Bag of Chips

Let me tell you one of my absolute favorite reasons for attending writers conferences. Not only do I get to hang with my awesome friends whose minds work a good bit like mine, not only do I get to take classes from really smart people who become awesome friends, and not only do I get… Continue reading Definitely Not All That and a Bag of Chips