Twitter theologians

Every morning I sit down with coffee to read meditations and compose my own. I check social media and today I realized how many theologians I've been following. Their tweets are funny or serious, but always challenging -- to be present, to be aware, to take action, to share the Good News. Here are six of my favorites: Tim... Continue Reading →

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Starting at the grassroots

I’m just now sitting down to knock out my August blog post. With good reason! I spent the last four weeks working on a grant, and we won it! This is the fourth time I’ve competed for an arts grant to help weave a creative community in Selma, North Carolina. My first three attempts –... Continue Reading →

Crowder peas and crossing counties

Crowder peas. Why did that sound familiar? By the time I got home from the Farm Fresh Market in Zebulon, North Carolina and had them shelled in a bowl, I remembered. Tayari Jones talked about them in her novel, An American Marriage. They represent a southern dish one of her characters had been craving. I... 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 →

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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