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Although I live in a fairly small town, there are several notable places and people here in Pittsboro, North Carolina! For one, did you know that one of Billy Collins’ poetry book covers was created by a book designer here? It was a surprise to me too!

billy collins book cover design

Billy Collins’ poetry book PICNIC, LIGHTNING

Last week I had brunch with the book designers at Kachergis Book Design and got to take a look at some of their work. They mainly work with publishers, but occasionally they work one-on-one with writers. Check out Billy Collins’ note to them:

billy collins picnic lightning

I spent a spontaneous weekend at home with my love and it felt like a vacation. It was Open Barn Day at one of the local dairies and we got to play with baby goats.

celebrity dairy

Open Barn Day at Celebrity Dairy, Siler City, NC










celebrity dairy baby goat

My happy love and his happy goat.










I met the owner of a unique wine shop through a business event I attend every month in town. (I’m in the video about the event; you can watch here.) Her space is on a creek and has an outdoor stage for warmer weather. They have seasonal live music and my love and I decided to stop by to check it out. Her space will be perfect for a poetry event and I’m excited to host something there!

Unwined Moncure NC

Wine and Music at UnWined in Moncure, NC

We met writer friends at the Fearrington Granary for brunch. (Remember last month our Valentine’s Dinner at their sister restaurant at the Inn? Plus, my photo of their Beltie cow was a finalist in their photo contest last year.)

fearrington brunch



Fearrington is also the home of a fantastic book store – McIntyre’s.

McIntyres Books

Book dress spotted at McIntyre’s!

I actually had time–and the weather was actually nice enough!–to read in my hammock!

hammock reading

Currently reading: THE BURGESS BOYS, Elizabeth Strout

While looking at Google Maps the other day I saw a green patch and zoomed in…there is a 275-acre nature preserve in our town! How did we not know of this? We hiked and explored all but one of the trails.

white pines nature preserve

Hiking trail along the Rocky River in the White Pines Nature Preserve.


Poetry critique!

I finished preparing my poetry critiques for our meeting this week – and one of my cockatiels likes to help out!

Speaking of pet birds…

I designed the brooding box for our baby chicks. We’ll welcome a little flock next week! Check out my past articles about backyard chickens.

brooding box design