Category Archives: Everybody Has a Story

59 of My Closest Friends, Many of Whom I Barely Remember

Our high school graduating class hadn’t held a reunion in ages, so a few of us came up with the idea for a classwide birthday party. If you knew me as a teenager, you realize I’m the very least-likely person … Continue reading

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New Year’s Luck: A Guest Post

I wanted to share this post with you because it gives a northerner’s charming take on our treasured Southern tradition of eating blackeye peas on New Year’s Day. The post first appeared December 31, 2017 on Carolee’s blog “Herbal Blessings.” Carolee … Continue reading

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My Grandparents Were Cooler Than I Am

Lately, I’ve been thinking about my mom’s parents. Her mother, Sylvia, was a farmer’s daughter in a tiny Missouri town. Instead of merely cooking and helping her mother keep house, she went to work in one of the two local … Continue reading

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Out in the Boondocks?

The other day, I was working on my fiction series and had one of my characters refer to the “boondocks.” My editor brain got to wondering whether I was using the best word to mean “a remote, unsophisticated rural area.” … Continue reading

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I’m Listening

The recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has left oceans of public pain and outrage and debate in its wake. I’ve been asking myself how I should respond. Silence is complicity, I’ve heard. So I shared some relevant posts on Facebook. … Continue reading

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Food Stories

I’m no food blogger. Rather, I’m all about stories. Lately, though, I’ve been reading the labels on some new foods I’ve found. No, not the nutrition labels. That is, I read those, but that isn’t what I’m talking about. I’ve … Continue reading

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