June 24, 2014

We have become a nation that shops online. From our clothing to our groceries, we buy everything on our computers, iPads and phones. Let's face it, in our chaotic world digital shopping is efficient and saves time.

 

But there is something organic about going into a loca...

May 31, 2014

I have been fortunate enough to work for a company that celebrate's its employees outside projects. We have writers, musicians, artists, you name it, working in television news. Generally, I have found that creative people don't just have one creative outlet, but inste...

May 23, 2014

The more I talk about my new book, the more I realize that it is a conversation starter. The conversation is about end-of-life issues. Where do I want to be if I become sick? Who will take care of me? Who will handle my business, my bills, my life? These are all questi...

May 20, 2014

As I reflect on  the journey with my mother chronicled in "The Living Room," I recall everything she taught me--not jut in those eighty days, but throughout my forty-six years. I am going to share part of that list over the next few weeks. They are words that come back...

May 14, 2014

There's a moment in every author's life when he or she sees his or her book on the shelf for the very first time. I remember seeing "Smotherhood" on the shelf in the Barnes and Noble in Cary back in 2007. It was my first book. I started crying right there in the parent...

April 16, 2014

Photographer Keith Baker took this photograph the other day when we were getting ready to do a live shot at the airport.

 

This story was about a plane that had been diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport after a mechanical problem was discovered in the air. Th...

April 14, 2014

I started running after my first daughter was born because I simply didn't have enough time to go to the gym.

 

Eventually, running became more to me than exercise, it became my sanity. It is my stress reliever, my time to think and a way decompress from my chaotic life.

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April 12, 2014

I had a great book discussion the other day with a group at the Johnston Community College Library. They had invited me to come and speak several months ago, but it took a while for us to find a date that worked.

 

And I was so glad that I made the trip to Smithfield.

 

On...

April 9, 2014

It's the place where my mother lived, the place where my mother died, and the place where I learned to live again.

 

Until my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer, very little living had ever gone on in my living room. She changed all that.

 

Now, in her absence, it is t...

April 7, 2014

One of the questions a lot of people always ask me is where and when do you write? I'm sure they picture a big desk, maybe a well-appointed office with good lighting and a comfortable chair. But this couldn't be further from the truth.

 

Frankly, I write wherever and whe...

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