Of infants, toddlers, and puppies

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  • November 6, 2019
  • by Jacki Skole
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I recently came face to face with some old memories. First, came the memories of my infant daughters’ unwillingness to nap. I went two for two in this category, as neither daughter deemed napping necessary for her wellbeing, or mine. Placed lovingly in her crib, each baby girl would cry—then scream. Showers were never the…

a belated introduction to the new man in my life

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  • July 30, 2019
  • by Jacki Skole
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Meet Carson. He’s curious and stubborn. He wakes far too early for my liking. Five on the clock I’m okay with; four-thirty, no thank you. He’s demanding when he wants attention—he either emits a high-pitched whine or seeks out any non-toy he can find, usually an area rug, a sock, a shoe, or my daughters’…

The House that Emily Built

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  • October 7, 2018
  • by Jacki Skole
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It would be her word against Johnny’s*. Again. Still, Deborah* dialed 9-1-1. She feared what Johnny might do next. He’d already burst into their bedroom screaming. He’d already grabbed her by the feet and dragged her off the bed paying no mind to her right leg, still in a cast a month after what she…

Coming soon: The House that Emily Built

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  • October 7, 2018
  • by Jacki Skole
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October is Domestic Violence month. To raise awareness of this very important issue and of the powerful role pets play in the lives of many victims, I will be posting a story I began reporting a couple of years ago. It didn’t find the literary home I was hoping for, but I believe it’s too…

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

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  • September 22, 2018
  • by Jacki Skole
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As rivers crest and floodwaters recede following Hurricane Florence’s deadly dance through the Carolinas, residents are beginning to take stock of what’s left of their communities, their neighborhoods, their homes. They will hope that Florence is the last of the Atlantic season’s hurricanes, but the season doesn’t end until November, and weather experts warn there…

Book Review: American Wolf

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  • July 13, 2018
  • by Jacki Skole
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When I’m in public with Galen, I often hear parents say one of two things to their children. The first: Look at that old dog. To which I think: Nope. Not old. Gray since birth. The second thing parents say is: Look at that dog. He looks like a wolf. To which I think: He…

Take Two: Grab a tissue… or two, or three

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  • March 11, 2018
  • by Jacki Skole
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A news story recently caught my attention. It was about a dog, in Brazil, who has been sitting outside a Sao Paolo hospital for some four months. You probably know where this story is going. The dog’s owner–a homeless man–died at the hospital in October. The dog, it seems, chased the ambulance to the hospital,…

DOGLAND turns 2! Win a signed copy.

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  • July 27, 2017
  • by Jacki Skole
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In 2012, I decided I was going to write a book. The idea was a mix of hubris, crazy, and a whole lot of naiveté. I had never before written for any kind of print publication–my  background was in TV news. Nor did I know anything about the world of publishing, beyond the not-very-helpful concept…

New Releases

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  • June 8, 2017
  • by Jacki Skole
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If you felt like your life was breaking apart, where would you go to try to put it back together? If you’re thirty-year-old Cooper Gosling, you’d go to the South Pole. For a year. Seriously. Gosling is the central character in Ashley Shelby’s debut novel, South Pole Station, a wry, compelling story of relationships, art,…

Snowflakes in a Blizzard

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  • May 3, 2017
  • by Jacki Skole
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Technology, as everyone knows, is forcing all sorts of industries to adapt to new realities. The book publishing industry is no exception. From the advent of online book-sellers to e-readers to print-on-demand, it’s never been easier—or cheaper—to buy books. And there are a lot of books to buy. With the rise of self-publishing, anyone with…

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Of infants, toddlers, and puppies

I recently came face to face with some old memories. First, came the memories of my infant daughters’ unwillingness to nap. I went two for two in this category, as neither daughter deemed napping necessary for her wellbeing, or mine. Placed lovingly in her crib, each baby girl would cry—then scream. Showers were never the…

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a belated introduction to the new man in my life

Meet Carson. He’s curious and stubborn. He wakes far too early for my liking. Five on the clock I’m okay with; four-thirty, no thank you. He’s demanding when he wants attention—he either emits a high-pitched whine or seeks out any non-toy he can find, usually an area rug, a sock, a shoe, or my daughters’…

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