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That Country Roads Song

West Virginia has FOUR state songs. If that seems like a lot, Tennessee has something like a dozen. I've always sung "The West Virginia Hills," when entering my home state. It's been an official state song since 1963. But the song most people think of as our state...

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Ain’t Nature Grand??

I attempt a small garden most years. And by "garden" I mean that I tuck fruit and vegetable plants in the flower beds. Or I grow them in pots on the porch. At our last house I quickly learned not to grow anything a rabbit might like unless I just wanted to feed the...

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GetLit! in Hudson, NC, with Me

As the director of Jan Karon's Mitford Museum, I have the pleasure of putting on our annual fall literary weekend--GetLit! This year we're featuring Patti Callahan Henry, Mark Powell, Jan Karon, and MOI! Okay, so maybe I'm presenting because, well, I'm here anyway....

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The One with the BIG Smile

If you saw the photo of my second-grade class last week, I challenged you to point out which one was me. The folks who know me best were pretty quick to spot my SMILE. I've always been a big smiler. I joke that smiling is my spiritual gifting.       Hmmm. Maybe NOT a...

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