Farewell to the library column

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After more than eight years, I bid farewell to the weekly column for the Catawba County Library system. Here it is in case you missed it: “Dream big, it might come true” Newton, NC, Jan. 26, 2015: By Tammy Wilson Public Information Officer Catawba County Library System When I was 10 years old, I dreamed of being a newspaper columnist—more …

Let the great yarns spin

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I have the privilege of living in a community with an outstanding writer’s series. During the school year Lenoir-Rhyne University brings outstanding authors to campus where students and community members can hear some of today’s best writers read and comment on their craft and engage questions from the audience. The series is free and open to the public. Last week’s …

The day I preached a sermon

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Yes friends, I was the “11 o’clock preacher” Aug. 17 at First Presbyterian Church in Newton, NC. I spoke that Sunday after our contemporary church musicians performed a wonderful tribute to the Byrd’s “Turn, Turn, Turn.” I admit that I have been remiss in not posting this earlier. Here is my text: “To Every Thing There is a Season” Our …

The Blue Woman

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This story first appeared in The Potomac, 2007. Before Doris went to the nervous hospital, she said the Blue Woman was speaking to her. My ever-imaginative sister claimed the woman told her to visit Mason Howse. “He lives on Mary Street, remember? The big foursquare with black shutters.” I gave her a look. The war had been over for six …

Mermaids

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First published by Southern Women’s Review in 2010. When I was going through a mermaid phase in second grade, Daddy splurged by taking us to Weeki Wachee. I spent time afterwards in the car drawing the fish women with their breathing tubes and their hair floating out like octopus arms. I drew in lipstick and sparkly jewelry and a cigarette …

Honey, Sweetie, Dearie

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Beginning my summer “re-runs” of pieces I’ve published elsewhere. Here’s an essay from Changes in Life, 2013: Retail nicknames, those adjectives you hear when you order something, buy something, borrow something. To butter you up, these service workers call you “Hon” as a cozy gesture to win you over, make the sale, grow their tip. This begins as soon as …

The successful British Invasion

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We’re speeding toward Feb. 9, “the” date when the Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. If you’re 57 or older, you probably know where you were that evening. Sullivan, CBS’s Sunday-night mainstay, was a must for entertainers breaking into the American market. The band’s live performance launched one of popular music’s most remarkable eras: the British …

Reading behind a writing life

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OK, we’ve all heard it. To write well, you have to read well. I’m always up for improvement for both. Since 1995, I have kept a book journal, noting every book (or audiobook) I’ve read, along with the author’s name. The list comes in handy when I want to recommend an author or a title to someone and can’t remember …