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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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 →

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 →

Needle Song

  The crafts room in the Center for Active Living is sun-bright. Ladies circle ’round the table Opening tackle boxes of needles, thread spools, Tubes of multicolored, multi-shaped beads. Pulling stoppers, they spill out tiny Sparkling piles onto foam squares. A few skitter to the floor. I squint to guide the bees-waxed thread Through a... Continue Reading →

Street poetry: Selma at the Crossroads

  On May 1, I had the honor of reading a poem I wrote for Selma, North Carolina’s sesquicentennial. Museum volunteers held a brief Founders Day ceremony with a few costumed citizens and refreshments in a pocket park on Anderson Street. There at the podium, with modern trains and traffic in the background, I read... Continue Reading →

A Poem a Day

    Yay! My poem, “Flowers Bruise Too Easily,” and short story, “Saturday Morning Skate,” have been accepted for publication in The Virginia Writers Club Centennial Anthology. Release is targeted for VWC’s annual meeting in November 2017 to kick off the club’s 100th year in 2018. I am so happy!   It’s like plucking a... Continue Reading →

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