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 →


Virtual Camping for Writers

I live in a rural area in North Carolina; networking with writers involves driving to the next two larger towns or even the next county. So, for the month of July, I joined Camp NaNoWriMo, a virtual writing community that encourages writing 50,000 words in 31 days. The venture is sponsored by the same folks... Continue Reading →

I have a Quran in my home

The recent Muslim travel ban, which has no credible national security rationale for it, reminded me of the ignorance and hate against immigrants and refugees that I encountered when I lived in Manassas, Virginia. I was working the counter at a local government office one day, when an elderly white man came in. I can’t remember... Continue Reading →

Bathtub Books

These days, I reduce, reuse and recycle books. I reduce by avoiding If I can’t find a book I want at a local independently-owned bookstore, I think twice about the purchase. I reuse by giving away autographed books by local authors as auction items or door prizes at fundraisers. I borrow and return books... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2016: Your Novel, Your Universe

November is National Novel Writing Month! This is my fourth year participating. NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel or non-fiction book. Register and begin your book prep at On Nov. 1, participants begin working toward the goal of writing at 50,000-word book by Nov. 30. One part writing... Continue Reading →

Preparing to Vote

I love voting. There’s something about walking into a polling place and showing my voter registration card, reciting my name and address and then going into a private space to cast my vote that is life affirming. Yes, I have this freedom. Yes, I have this voice. Yes, as a woman, I have this right.... Continue Reading →

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