A few weeks ago, the folks at the Natchez Trace reached out to me. They heard about Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace.

When they read it, they wanted
everyone who loves the Trace
to hear about it, too.

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So.

During March, the Natchez Trace will be promoting Not Without My Father on its site and across all social media. I’ll be here, posting Natchez Trace memories from readers.

Follow along.
Share with others.
Four lucky people will win
a signed copy
of Not Without My Father.

Whether you’re been to the Trace or think you might choose it to Make a future Memory, subscribe to the Natchez Trace’s website HERE: The Scenic Trace

(After all, they know so much more about the Trace than I do!)

Like their Facebook page HERE: The Natchez Trace on Facebook

The Natchez Trace posts some seriously awesome photos on their Instagram feed HERE: The Natchez Trace on Instagram

The Trace’s Twitter stream is packed with travel tips, gorgeous photography and Trace trivia. Follow it HERE: The Natchez Trace on Twitter

DISCLAIMER: The Natchez Trace did not ask me to promote their links as part of sharing my book with their followers. I engage with them because they provide good content. Whether you’re a Trace junkie like me or curious about the place, you’ll enjoy their posts.

The Huffington Post calls Not Without My Father
one literary ride you don’t want to miss!

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I’ve been at this Make a Memory thing for a month now, and I think it’s about time for a punch list. A Make a Memory Punch List.

Because some people jump right in.
Some like to watch.
And others ponder for a while.

Let’s convert more Watchers and Ponderers into Jump Right In-ers!

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What It Takes to Make a Memory

  1. You.
  2. Another person.
  3. Time.

If you say you don’t have TIME to Make a Memory, then YOU are the problem. We’ve read memories as simple as sipping a drink with a loved one. Taking a weekend trip. Spending an hour of simple pleasure. Claiming a bucket list item, because tomorrow isn’t a guarantee.

Easy Ideas to Make a Memory

  1. Meet a loved one for coffee, a drink or a meal. Put your phones away. Actually talk about what’s happening in your lives. Schedule a date to do it again.
  2. Go on a library walk with a loved one. Peruse the stacks and select a couple of books to read together. Share thoughts on your choices, and really listen to why the other person liked/didn’t like a story.
  3. Take a loved one to your favorite local spot. MTM and I often visit Magnolia Cemetery, our favorite local spot for a picnic and long view. But your loved ones may not even know your choice. Pick them up. Take them there. Share.
  4. Play a game with a loved one. No, not a video game. An old fashioned board or card game. Roll dice. Slap cards. Move little plastic men. You might be amazed at what conversation topics arise from tactile behavior.
  5. Before you go to sleep, tell your loved one why they matter. Look into his/her eyes. Be honest. Sincere. You might just Make a lucky Memory…….

What about you?
Do you have ideas to Make a Memory?
Please share them in a comment today.

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Join the Make a Memory Movement HERE.

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Alice Guess is a seminal figure in Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace. If you’ve read the book, you understand how special Alice is. More than one person has taken me aside and whispered,

“How do I get Alice
to be my friend?”

I don’t know how I got Alice to be my friend, but I’m lucky she is. In today’s post, I’ve included a few pictures of Alice over the years. Some with me. Some not.

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Alice went red first, but her husband Gordon Nicholson didn’t like it. He wanted his blonde wife back. She made him happy, and I went red instead. (Oh, and she’s a Forty Under 40 winner here!)

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When I talk about floating the Edisto River with alligators, I’m describing an Alice Guess family tradition. Every Fourth of July, we crawl into America’s longest black river. With booze-laden coolers, we float over cypress knees and downed trees.

I memorize the slash of indigo sky.

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Every Christmas, Alice attends a cookie boot camp run by friends Lance Hiatt and Tim Parks. My backside is always the beneficiary of this sugar-laden orgy.

Plus, she makes the best homemade shortbread ever.

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Alice washed her hair in the Edisto River on her wedding day. Its tannin-stained water probably runs in her veins.

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Alice tagged along on round two of research for my debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. Here she is with MTM at French Camp, Mississippi, just steps from the Natchez Trace.

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Every Easter, I color eggs with Alice and her daughter Cayleigh. She submitted to this shot in 2014.

I’m glad Dad was my Natchez Trace wingman.

But I never would’ve finished
my Natchez Trace walk
without Alice Guess.

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The Huffington Post calls it “one literary ride you don’t want to miss!” What are you waiting for? Read Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace. Be inspired to Make a Memory of your very own.

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