• A note of gratitude

    I don’t have much in common with horror/supernatural fiction author Stephen King, but on one point, we agree: “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” One month ago today I was fixing last minute issues, updating social media, and preparing to share The Dogwood State with the world (or at least with my

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  • Building a better bucket list

    I’m a big fan of lists. Grocery lists, to-do lists, lists of music to download, Christmas gift lists, etc. They help me to stay organized and it feels great when I mark something off that I’ve completed. Maybe you’re like me and you love lists. Or maybe you’re a list hater because ain’t nobody got

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  • When winter won’t end

    It’s currently 38 degrees and raining, with a freeze warning overnight. Winter won’t end in North Carolina, apparently, even though the calendar says it has been spring for nearly three weeks. Spring has long been my favorite season, specifically because it signals the end of harsh, cold winter weather. It’s a time of warmth, renewal,

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  • A letter from Hannah

    Friends, It means so much to me that you’re taking the time to pay a visit to my blog. I dreamed about and worked on The Dogwood State for more than a year before its launch. Brandon has asked me time and again, “what exactly are you going to write about?” I never have a

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