Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I love farmers markets. There’s something about coming home with an armload of rich and flavorful tomatoes or zucchini that feels like I just picked them from my own truck garden on the farm -- without all the work. On Saturday, I went to the Clayton Farm & Community Market at Horne Square, 348 E. Main Street in downtown... Continue Reading →

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River of Books

A few years ago, a group of artists filled an entire city street in Toronto with open books -- talk about traffic calming! The interactive exhibit lasted the 10 hours it took for spectators to immerse themselves in it and self-dismantle it, taking the books home. The photo is from a slide show about the installation... Continue Reading →

Wandering

The wind in this part of eastern North Carolina is choppy and unrelenting sometimes. What is good for the land and wildlife can knock my wind chimes down and chip paint off lanterns. After three seasons of picking up shingles in the yard, I decided it was time for a new roof.  The shingles arrived on a pallet... Continue Reading →

Selma at the Crossroads

Last year, I volunteered on a series of events to help the Town of Selma, North Carolina commemorate its 150th year. I am honored to have a poem I wrote, "Selma at the Crossroads," included in the town's time capsule. The capsule will be sealed for the next 100 years with other items, like copies of Johnston Now magazine,... Continue Reading →

In Her Words

Historian and writer Eric Jackson asked me to read a poem or selection from the Harlem Renaissance for his Black History Month presentation at the Town of Selma Parks & Rec's Soul Food Fest on Feb. 24 from 11 am - 2 pm at the Harrison Alumni Center, 605 W Noble Street in Selma, North... Continue Reading →

Shredding papers

  Brrr. I am penned in by snow, ice and brutal cold in rural eastern North Carolina, so my winter-bound tasks, besides writing, are two things: 1) death cleaning and 2) tax prep. Death cleaning is the current popular term for “don’t leave a mess for your children.” That means organizing, simplifying and downsizing. In... Continue Reading →

The Eyes Have It

This holiday I received an early gift: New vision. My eye doctor, who writes science fiction, had been urging me to get cataract surgery for three years. I delayed. These eyes are my main tools as a writer, I told him. I don’t mess with them. Just the thought of someone cutting into my eyeballs... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s National Novel Writing Month 2017 and while I am a year-round writer, there is an electricity in the foggy mornings and moonlit evenings, knowing that for 30 days, laptops are humming overtime everywhere at the same time with new creative projects. Here are four ways I stay in the race to complete 50,000 words... Continue Reading →

Journal Writers, Start Your Pens

As promised, I launched a new blog design with this post! Turning the page to a new month is an excellent time to begin writing in a journal, especially if you’ve never tried it before. Just grab a $3 composition book from the back-to-school discount bin and start! If you need a few suggestions, here are... Continue Reading →

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