Growing up Appalachian – The Swimming Hole by Julie Clark

When my mother and father met there was much consternation on the part of my grandparents. My father was from the hills and my mother most certainly was not. Although that is a story for another moment, being my father’s daughter means I have a background many mock but one that I cherish. I was born and raised so close …

How to Help Your Teen Pick a College by Julie Clark

Just as winter finally gives way to spring, scores of high school students will receive their final acceptance notices. Many will have a choice of schools to attend, and most will have until sometime in May to make that decision final. It can be a nerve-wracking time for most of these teens, as college is anything but a small decision …

Three Things I Think About Using Social Media

The other day, I saw an article about things writers should and should not do on social media. Of course, I clicked on it. After all, being the kind of writer that feels she continually has room for improvement, I read it, and then decided I’m good. Not because I can check off each line of what the article said, …

In Defense of Introverts

Several years ago I went to my first (and last!) high school reunion. Now I can say I’ve “been there, done that,” and my husband can brag that he was “arm candy.” Before the event, we met up with a few old friends and I told them how nervous I was about what people would think of me. My high …