Embracing Change

Posted by on Feb 28, 2022 in Gardening | 1 comment

I saw this in my backyard yesterday, while playing basketball with Carter. I’ve posted pictures of my Lenten roses before, and written about how they came from my grandmother’s garden, and how they always miraculously seem to bloom during Lent (I mean, I know that’s how they got their nickname, but it’s still fun to me how they do it so reliably, when Lent starts at a different time every year). But this one is different. It’s blooming out in...

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5 Self-Editing Tips to Make Your Writing Cleaner

Posted by on Oct 29, 2021 in Writing | 3 comments

Whether you’re writing a blog post for your website or getting a manuscript ready to submit to your editor, you want your writing to make a good impression on the reader. In my work as an editor, I often see the same mistakes over and over again. Usually it’s things that a little time and a once-over could solve. Keep in mind, no one is perfect. I don’t expect manuscripts to be publisher-ready when they come to me (and my writing isn’t either)....

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Plant Enough to Share

Posted by on Aug 13, 2021 in Gardening | 2 comments

Dear Gardening Editor:How do I keep the birds from eating all of the berries on my blueberry bushes? L.A. Jackson: Plant enough to share. L.A. Jackson was the editor of Carolina Gardener Magazine when I got hired on as an editorial assistant just a couple of years after graduating from college, and he was a force to be reckoned with in the gardening world. An avid garden writer and sought-after speaker on the gardening symposium circuit, L.A....

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Run or Work? Today I Chose Run

Posted by on Jun 1, 2021 in Family, Parenting, work-at-home | 3 comments

It’s 7 a.m. on June 1. The house is quiet. The sun is rising over the trees, shining its golden spotlights on the green grass still heavy with dew. I have a decision to make. Should I sit at my desk, working on the project with a looming deadline while the house is still quiet, before the kids get up and start bustling around? Or should I lace up my shoes and go for a run, before the sun hits its peak and warms up the atmosphere to the point...

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Making New Memories

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Family, Parenting, work-at-home | 8 comments

I have a memory from my childhood that plays in my head like I’m watching a sitcom on TV. My dad, my brother and I are in the kitchen of our house in Decatur, cleaning up after lunch. Dad was washing, I was drying, and Locke was putting things up. All of a sudden, in the midst of our normal, everyday banter, Locke said, “We’re as funny as the Cosbys.” I know, I know. That observation did not age well. But keep in mind, it was 1987. Our Thursday...

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