Mothers & Mental Illness

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My childhood girlfriend was institutionalized following the birth of her first-born. Here she was, ten years later, in the third-trimester of her second pregnancy, talking out of her head again. We were having one of our catch-up phone calls. She from her home in Georgia. Me from my home in Oregon. “I know what the [Read More...]

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

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I often get asked which is more difficult to write, non-fiction or fiction, which is something like asking me which one of my twin daughters was more work to raise. Those who think writing fiction requires no research don’t understand the challenge of writing good fiction.  Imagine if neurosurgeons approached brain surgery in the same [Read More...]

The Biscuit & Black Coffee Outlaw

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Sunday morning started with four cups of flour and Mama’s biscuit-cutter. There are two things my kids love better than anything — my biscuits and my carrot cake. The carrot cake is complicated to make. The biscuits are easy. So easy, in fact, the making of them calms me, transports me back to the Appalachian [Read More...]


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