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TALKING TO MYSELF - December, 2015 - "Santa Claus" 

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 Santa Claus

I spotted Santa Claus sitting in a large easy chair as soon as I entered our church’s  back foyer. It doubles as a fellowship hall on Sundays between services, and it’s a popular spot where talk flows along with the hot coffee.

Although he was disguised in a white shirt and tie and a khaki windbreaker, I knew who he was. His long white beard gave him away.

World Peace Grits

TALKING TO MYSELF - December, 2015 - Christmas Columns Past #2 - "World Peace Grits" 

 World Peace Grits

Christmas Columns Past #1

TALKING TO MYSELF - December, 2015: This week and next, I am posting some of my old Christmas columns here on the blog (in case you missed them the first time around or might enjoy them again.) The first is "Shepherds in Bathrobes." 

 Shepherds in Bathrobes

The One About Aunt Bessie and the Turkey Dressing

TALKING TO MYSELF 26 November 2015  It's Thanksgiving Day, and in memory of those I have loved and who have loved me, I am re-running one of my early newspaper columns: "The One About Aunt Bessie and the Turkey Dressing." 

Great Americans

Halloween Failures

TALKING TO MYSELF: 31 October 2015 FOR ANY OF MY READERS WHO, LIKE ME, MAY BE "HALLOWEEN FAILURES." (This is an excerpt from a longer essay published in Butter in the Morning.)

Appalachian Literature Collection

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A Touch of Graceful Light

TALKING TO MYSELF 2 October 2015 -- Our Annelise is nine today. Her name, which means "graceful light," may have shaped the kind of child she became. I prefer to think, however, that her parents made an intuitive prophetic choice, knowing before the knowable, that she would indeed bring both grace and light into our lives.

Snow White

Miz Zell

TALKING TO MYSELF 8 September 2015  In observance of National Literacy Day, I am sharing an old essay first published in The News-Herald in 2005 and later included in my first book, YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE.

 

Miz Zell

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