Under
currents

Undercurrents

As a journalist, I was always drawn to the backstory, the story that flowed beneath the headlines. Maybe it is my affinity for water that makes me want to dive deep. I was born with the name Riviere. which means river in French. When I married Ed Seel, I took him and his name as a part of myself. Seel means soul in German. I am, indeed, a river soul.  

Who Is Your Hero?

Who Is Your Hero?

Who is your hero? How do you define hero? Has this time living through a pandemic given you a new definition of hero? My definition of a hero is an ordinary person who performs an extraordinary act in the face of danger to him/her/themselves. Last year as a highly...

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What We Do Now

What We Do Now

Fall is my favorite season. It’s that in-between, messy time when summer’s wild growth stops, the heat and humidity abate, and the natural world begins to slow down. The deep greens become golden, fiery, the leaves tumble into piles and drift along the roadsides and...

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Crossing The Rift

Crossing The Rift

There’s always a little bit of heaven in a disaster area. —Hugh Romney at Woodstock

When former NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti asked me to submit a poem for consideration as part of an anthology commemorating the…

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Finding Joy

Finding Joy

The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. – David Steindl-Rast

Before my husband retired, we developed a habit of emailing each other three things we were…

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What Winning Looks Like

What Winning Looks Like

I love the Olympic games. Unapologetically, I love the competition and the camaraderie, the skill, the heart, the human desire to push the body to its limits and beyond. I love how the Olympic athletes love their sport. I love the fierce competition and the even...

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Home Again

Home Again

…the house is a nest for dreaming, a shelter for imagining. —Gaston Bachelard When my husband and I began making plans to move back to Yancey County, NC, in 2019, I wondered if I was trying to recapture a past time here that I had romanticized. Was this a foolish...

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