Author Archives: Kate Helper Jordan

Still in a holding pattern…

I swear, at some point I will have information about my creative nonfiction chapbook, but the publisher has been having issues for over a year. About 4.7 minutes after I get word that it’s published, I’ll let you know! Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Anybody Out There?

Well. I am clearly on top of things as always! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted, but I do have some news coming. I’ll be able to share soon, I hope (I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Bookmarked – Where They Found Her

Where They Found Her /Kimberly McCreight / HarperCollins / published 2015 Kimberly McCreight’s first novel, Reconstructing Amelia, was a bit of a phenom, sitting on the New York Times Best Seller list, being nominated for an Edgar and a couple … Continue reading

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#stepbackforbaby Campaign

I cannot take one more news item about a baby dying in a hot car because a parent forgot the baby was there. I am starting a Twitter campaign called #stepbackforbaby to try and help: When you put the baby … Continue reading

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Bookmarked – Housebreaking

Housebreaking / Dan Pope / Simon & Schuster / published May 2015 I received an advanced reader’s copy of Dan Pope’s second novel, Housebreaking, and finally started reading it a week ago. It’s a little hard to categorize this novel … Continue reading

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A Reply to Gerald Rogers’ Marriage Tips, from a Wife’s Perspective

Tons of people have now seen Gerald Rogers’ Facebook note regarding marriage rules from a newly-divorced guy, which first hit the social media site in 2013 but is making the rounds again. If you missed it, you can read it … Continue reading

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Bookmarked – Coming Soon!

Books have marked me since I was first aware of language. They were so much a part of my life that I sort of learned to read by osmosis before I ever started school. My mother thought I had just … Continue reading

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In the Shower

And so what about this lump? Funny little kids’ word, lump. Jump Clump Not so funny to find one in the shower. Hour Cower What to do first? Breathe. Breathe first – don’t panic – don’t think of a hospital … Continue reading

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Appalachian Recovery

The morning news pushes into my head like an unwanted dream, slips into my bloodstream with my coffee: Late last night, seven bodies were recovered from a fallen mine. Grim-faced workers bear them past the TV cameras, the darkness of … Continue reading

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Visiting the Poet

— for Chris Msosa I can see you, running, like a young Bateleur, dust plumed behind your pounding feet before settling back into the ground as if you had never passed by. Your eyes are copper pennies, your breath bursting … Continue reading

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Stay Tuned

My childhood was one of flight and narrow escapes. By the time I was five, my original father had signed over his parental rights to me. I was a rusted heap on blocks in the yard, and he handed the … Continue reading

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Give Red Riding Hood the Ax

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about fairy tales. I was a big fan of those Grimm boys growing up – I’ve always had a taste for the macabre and tragic – and, as an adult, was delighted to discover … Continue reading

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Come On In and Sit a Spell

I’m glad you’ve stumbled onto my blog, and I hope you kick off your shoes and stay awhile. I’m a WV native who has now spent over half my life in northern VA. I don’t remember a time I wasn’t … Continue reading

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