Happy New Year!

I've just returned from visiting family in Tucson and Atlanta. It was wonderful to see so many people in such a short time, catching up and laughing. My sister-in-law, Dawn and I took in the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Definitely a highlight. My brother's kids infused Christmas with child-powered wonder. Overall, feeling blessed.

I wish good health to you and yours. I wish you luck with your new goals and aspirations--as new years often usher in, and the strength and purpose to see them through. I wish for light and peace, for hope, love and the certain quiet that comes with contentment. 

Laugh often, love well. Happy New Year. 


Electric Literature

Excited to share a new piece posted this week at a favorite online publication--Electric Literature, "Out of the Woods: Appalachia, Literature, and the American Dream."  It includes two 2016 titles of fiction-- Trampoline and The Rope Swing as well as insights from historian Robert Eller and writer Ann Pancake. 




To celebrate a friend's "thirty-fun" birthday, we dined at Hill & Hollow in Morgantown at the Seneca Center. H&H sports a lengthy drink menu--something for everyone--and an inventive menu. Birthday Girl even got a special bread pudding with a candle to wish with dessert.

Not only was the food tasty, but the service was incredible. Really made the evening (although Birthday Girl might say the finely aged scotch made the evening, but who's keeping track?).


Guilty Pleasures: Reading on My Thanksgiving Break


How to spend a weekend in early November: Morgantown, West Virginia