Rumination on Home

I LEFT VIRGINIA’S APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS late in the summer of 1978, my car pointed south toward my freshman year of college. I didn’t know it then but that date signaled more than my transition to adulthood. It also marked the start of a changed geographic life...

Day 30: #eekingoutsummer #roadtrip

I hereby pronounce this weekend’s #eekingoutsummer #roadtrip a grand success (and the perfect end to my 30 Days of Fun). Here’s why. We got to take our dog, Little Bit, with us. We were with friends, old and new. We spent hours and hours and hours on the...

edisto 3: visiting south carolina

I might as well say it: There’s a bit of pressure a girl puts on herself when she’s the hostess. It’s made doubly so when the occasion is an entire weekend for your high school friends (the Wise Women) spent in your adopted—and rather foreign to...

edisto 2: in which i must ask forgiveness*

We were sitting on the beach at sunset Saturday night when a thoughtful couple with a sweet brown dog came walking by. They stopped right in front of us, approaching quickly, insisting we produce a camera right that moment, right that very second, for an impromptu...

The Four Feathers

I first started to notice the feathers a couple of years ago. I was going through a particularly stressful time, and suddenly they were there: falling from nowhere in our pantry; waiting on my doorstep when I got home from work; on the air conditioner vent outside our...

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