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Gryffindor Is Real

I find myself living in a different world lately—one not so different from the one in my imagination. At moments, I am …

Pan-fried Freedom

Having grown up in the South around many vegetable gardens, okra is part of my culinary identity. In fact, I do not …

Big Bears and Dandelions

  Lately, I have been stifled by fear centered around publishing my memoir. When I finally put my life out there, and …

Pubs Can Be Green

Pubs Can Be Green

(Photo from Dick Mack’s Pub in Dingle Town) There are certain pop culture rituals that I enjoy about St. Patrick’s Day that …

Earthy Valentine

I live in the rural North Carolina mountains. My neighborhood consists of open fields framed by mountains, small houses and tractors. I …

Trust Your Forecast

My spiritual director suggested I create a vision board—a collage of images that resonates from pure instinct and connection to inner divinity. …

New Room in the Inn

Three months ago, my husband and I adopted our dog, Henry, a foxhound-pointer mix. Just after his adoption, we learned that Henry …

Passport Stamp

Passport Stamp

During a recent session with my spiritual mentor, I was guided through a meditation. The meditation focused on breathing with the rhythms …