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Chatting with Strangers

Chatting with Strangers

I spent the past week traveling through my home state of Mississippi. I read from my latest novel at bookstores in Oxford, Greenwood, and Jackson, before heading to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams Festival. My mother and my husband stuck with me through Mississippi, but I am on my own in New Orleans. I don’t mind traveling alone. When you explore a city on your own, you can do it any way you please. And it’s a good way…

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On Traveling and Children

On Traveling and Children

Quick note: Starting tomorrow, March 15, I will be reading and signing copies of my new novel, The Past is Never, at bookstores including The Tattered Cover (Denver), Off Square Books (Oxford, MS), Turnrow Books (Greenwood, MS), and Lemuria Books (Jackson, MS). I’ll be on a panel at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans on March 24. You can see the full schedule in the sidebar on my website and I’ll update this information frequently. Please come and say hello….

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Southern Dispatch: Searching for Enoch on Mississippi Roads

Southern Dispatch: Searching for Enoch on Mississippi Roads

I am spending a few weeks in Mississippi while my mother recovers from knee surgery. In true Tyson fashion, she is doing great and she needs me less than I imagined she would. I drive her to physical therapy every day. I cook, and sometimes my aunt joins us for dinner. I feed the cats and take out the trash. I remind her to take her medication. It’s all pretty ordinary, although in Mississippi nothing is ever dull. My Sunday…

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Train Legs and Home

Train Legs and Home

I’ve left the train, but the train has yet to leave me. I went to yoga less than a full day after I disembarked at Denver’s Union Station. I chatted with a woman on the Empire Builder and we both agreed that train yoga would be a great addition to the journey. We wanted to stretch out, get some exercise in the middle of the morning or the afternoon. We thought Amtrak could offer it in one of the old…

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Amtrak Residency Dispatch, Part 2

Amtrak Residency Dispatch, Part 2

The Coast Starlight train leaves Emeryville (San Francisco) just after 10 p.m. Much like Ben Franklin, I’m an “early to bed, early to rise” person. Embarking on anything at 10 p.m. is detrimental to my body clock. I got to the train station early, because it’s a bit of a drive and I wasn’t sure how quickly I’d get an Uber or if there’d be traffic. Also, I’d checked out of my hotel at noon and spent the whole day walking…

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Amtrak Residency Dispatch, Part 1

Amtrak Residency Dispatch, Part 1

I’ve spent the last two days on a train as part of my Amtrak residency. I rode from Denver to Emeryville in a compartment the size of a closet. I’m now in San Francisco and I’m listening to someone play the saxophone on the street beneath the window of my hotel. Tomorrow night, I’ll board the train again and head for Portland, Oregon. For now, I’m snuggled in what feels like an incredibly spacious hotel room at the intersection of the…

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The Setting Matters

The Setting Matters

We’re barely past Labor Day and Colorado is making a decisive swing toward fall. We’ll have a few more warm days, but the morning temps have turned decidedly nippy. Most Tuesday mornings throughout the summer, I attend an early outdoor yoga class at a local park. We gather at 6:30 a.m. to stretch and balance and bend under the rising sun. This morning, we tackled the first poses in the near dark. A chilly wind blew across our yoga mats and…

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