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...

October 6, 2009

We have created a celebrity culture of "Royal Nonesuch" that has seaped into the mainstream and threatens to turn our brains to mush.

 

One night recently my husband and I were talking about celebrity news and how it had suddenly become mainstream not only on television,...

March 4, 2009

"Big Brother" isn't just a television show. It is a famous reference to a science fiction fantasy that has come true – well almost ...

 

When I first read George Orwell's science fiction novel entitled 1984 in high school, I didn't really get it. First and foremost, I wa...

January 1, 2009

I don't usually make resolutions, but I heard a pretty good one the other day that I might try on for size.

 

Last Sunday at church in between breaking up my daughters' constant bickering and stifling their sighs of boredom, I actually heard something the priest said dur...

November 15, 2008

Relevance? What does it mean? Why do we crave it so much into today's modern world?

 

Somewhere along the line "busy" became a synonym for the word "relevant." The more e-mails we get, the more phone calls we receive, the more interruptions and distractions we seem to ha...

November 5, 2008

Here I go again hopping up on my soapbox talking about the Internet and civility again. But this time I have some fun with it ...

 

Post-election I decided it was time to write a little ditty for those of you out there who often get ugly e-mails. It's honestly hard to be...

October 6, 2008

Here I go again ... Yes, Virginia, it is the Internet that is ruining the civility of our discourse. Ask you mother.

 

About once a year I climb up on this soapbox. I honestly can't help myself. I just get so fed up sometimes with the ugliness of our current mode of comm...

September 23, 2008

The art of storytelling is as old as the red clay soil that lines the banks of creeks in North Carolina ...

 

Writing is really just about telling a good story, and who doesn't love a good story?

 

A good story can be about anything from a major life-altering event to the...

June 17, 2008

And the beat goes on ... I'm no rock star, but the cool people I meet at my book signings sure make me feel like one!

 

Tonight I will be at the Cary Barnes & Noble talking about "Deadly Dose" at 7:00. The Cary store will always have a special place in my heart, not just...

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