Tactile Arts

Tactile Arts

We had two sewing machines set up on a long table, beside the wall of windows. My daughter, who is a Girl Scout, was there, along with another member of her troop, that girl’s father and my mother-in-law. The object? To begin their Girl Scout Silver Award project. They had made plans with the local […]

The Merry Month of May

The Merry Month of May

Hands down, May is my favorite month. The world seems to come alive again, with green springing up in gardens and flower beds. It seems appropriate, then, that the fifth month of the year is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants and represents the majesty of spring. As the […]

Safety First

Safety First

A couple decades ago, I lived in Oklahoma for a while. I had little knowledge about the Sooner State, except it was known for college football, wind and tornadoes. Being from North Carolina, it never occurred to me that at least one of those famous — or infamous — stereotypes was founded in twisting reality. I […]

You Know It When You See It

My children frequently ask the meaning of words they run across in their school work. Recently, one asked me to define “wrought.” If you’re anything like me, you immediately understand the word but coming up with other words to define it feels ridiculously impossible. Thank goodness for dictionaries! I think innovation is one of those words. […]

Information, Please

Information, Please

The night before I wrote this column, I discussed it with my husband. I told him I’d like to write something related to our cover feature on workforce training. Then, being the wonderful idea guy that he is, he started brainstorming around the idea of training. I found it fascinating that all of his thoughts about […]

Creature Comforts

As I write, a pristine blanket of snow covers my yard. The cat and I have been peering out the window throughout the day — she to see the fluttering of birds in tree branches or, if she’s lucky, our window feeder; me simply to admire the sheer beauty of a whitened world. We typically […]

What Would an Elf Do?

What Would an Elf Do?

There are many reasons to be thankful at this time of year. Here’s one of mine: the movie “Elf.” I know this might not be everyone’s idea of a reason to be grateful, but it’s genuinely one of my favorite things at this time of year. And it’s possible that I love it for mainly […]

Once Upon a Time . . .

A few days ago, I cleaned out my car and found something surprising. Wedged between the passenger seat and console was a Warby Parker glasses case that should have been in the house. I opened it to see if it held an old pair of glasses that should be put away or a new pair […]

A Love Letter for Sleep

Dear short sleepers, So many of you are in the news these days. And I’m genuinely worried about you. I’m sure you know who you are. You are the ones who work late into the night and rise early to get a jump on the day. Or you’re the ones who stay up well past […]

The Open Road

The Open Road

“I think I might have heard the highway call” — James Taylor, “Carolina in My Mind” We have a newly minted driver in our house. Because he’s our oldest, our son’s journey to get behind the wheel has been a source of great excitement, joy and a little (maybe more than a little) trepidation for […]

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