Rediscovering Southern Women in the Mirror

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        Today, in my corner of southeastern Virginia, I woke to snow. For this coastal city, it is a more than respectable accumulation, actually close to the predicted 8-12″ I was sure wouldn’t come. In answer to a question from a friend on St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia, I […]

My Name is Emily Cade Ainsworth: A Life Remembered and Imagined

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            “When I refer to Aunt Cade’s ‘big house downtown,’ I am talking about a house that, to my child’s eyes, was a castle. It had turrets and towers and lots of slanting roofs, and it was dark, looming over the street, completely shadowed by the big trees that surrounded […]

Thanksgiving 2017. Gingko trees, a small boy, a dog, another year.

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On November 25 2016, one year ago, I published a blog that began with a line from W.S. Merwin’s poem, “Thanks.” The blog was about Thanksgiving, two cousins, a few gingko trees, family. It was two goodbyes, one, to my cousin, Edie, who had just died that September, and another to my daughter-in-law’s father, also […]

Looking for Lydia; Finding Life

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                 I’ll introduce my friend and guest blogger, Molly Roper Jenkins, with a couple of stories–especially appropriate since we met because I could not find any stories about Lydia Roper.   First, I think “phone enquiry” is a rather refined description of the circumstances of our first contact. […]

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew

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Having completed two novels, an accomplishment so amazing to me that I still don’t quite understand how it happened, I must have gotten cocky. For decades, my cousins and I have repeated our mantra, “Someone should really write a novel about this family!”  That eventually became an exhortation aimed directly at me, “You really should write […]

Joseph Raffael “Moving Toward the Light” Reflections

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(Moving Toward the Light II watercolor on paper, 87 1/2″ x 49″ 2015)   The description of Moving Toward the Light on Joseph Raffael’s website reads in part: “A major new book on the artist covering the past 17 years of his life and work in the South of France. Reproducing 88 works in rich […]

The Morning After: A Story of Love and Sorrow and Hope

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            Thursday 19 January 2017 In one of my now fairly infrequent romps through Facebook, I saw this photograph of our president.  It now looks out at me from my computer’s desktop.  It is an image that fills me with both joy and deep sadness.  It is an image whose […]