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Keaghan Turner

Keaghan Turner, Ph.D., teaches writing and literature at Coastal Carolina University. She counts the ways two boys can frustrate her best attempts at the Perfect Motherhood at Useless Anxieties. Her most recent essay has appeared on She lives in the oldest new house she could find on a historic plantation (which happens now to be a golf course).

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My boys (and their father, he asked me to add)
  2. Sense of humor and/or irony and/or my Dyson (see above)
  3. The beach
  4. Em dashes
  5. Camera
  6. Stack of books on bedside table
  7. Note paper at the ready
  8. An old house in need of Benjamin Moore’s turquoises
  9. Garden trowel
  10. The :/ face

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