Author Archives: betsythescribbler

Fireflies

How do you tell your 12-year-old son that his best friend has died? When we left Florence the day after Christmas, Colin was doing better. They were weaning him off the ventilator. He was responding to his parents and siblings … Continue reading

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Rainbow Risks

There’s always a fad: pet rocks, mood rings, troll dolls, Cabbage Patch dolls … the list goes on. And your kids always want whatever it is. About 2000 or so, Rainbow flip-flops made it from California to South Carolina and … Continue reading

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First Love

One of my earliest memories is of wading in the ocean. We were in Wilmington, N.C., to visit some elderly relatives of my mother’s. For whatever reason, we had some down time, so my parents took my brother Rusty and … Continue reading

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Eat, Prey, Blood

Chapter One I wasn’t going to be able to talk her out of it. My mother was determined to spend the summer in Italy. And I was going with her, whether I liked it or not. And the answer was … Continue reading

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A Real Love Story

I wrote this last summer for our family newsletter, but thought it worth repeating as Valentine’s Day approaches. — BRD One summer when I was about eight years old, I was at my grandparents’ house for a visit. It must have … Continue reading

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The Closet Chronicles: Denim Blues

Blue jeans. It’s a love-hate relationship. I’ve loved them ever since I bought my first pair of Levi’s. I’ve hated trying to find a pair that fits ever since I bought my first pair of Levi’s. People complain about shopping … Continue reading

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The Closet Chronicles: Adventures on eBay

So in order to raise money for my brand-new wardrobe, I’m selling the clothes that no longer fit my life on eBay. It sounds so simple, right? People talk about it all the time. You’ve heard it over and over again: … Continue reading

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The Closet Chronicles: Purging

I’m in the process of purging my closet. It’s full of stuff I don’t wear — even some things I’ve never worn — all hanging there assaulting me with guilt every time I look at them. So I’m getting rid of … Continue reading

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Incredible Find #1: The Recycled Closet

First in a series of articles on interesting places to shop and eat in Rock Hill. The Recycled Closet – Classic with a Twist The first thing you notice when you walk in The Recycled Closet is the décor: vintage … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis

Thanks to Mike for the first sentence and to Chuck Wendig of Terrible Minds for the writing prompt. Here’s my homework, turned in early: Juan Carlos Torquemada y Torremolino bore an unbearable name. He slouched, shoulders rounded, burdened not only … Continue reading

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