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Shari Smith

Shari Smith has been published in Thicket Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina Magazine, O. Henry Magazine, Pinestraw Magazine, and Abilene Living, and has written for BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated). Smith authors the blog, Gunpowder, Cowboy Boots, and Mascara ( and is working on her first nonfiction book, I am a Town. Her story “Flight” is featured in the anthology, The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul, forthcoming from River’s Edge Media in November 2013.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Mascara
  2. The selfish hope that Jackson Browne will have one more bad breakup and therefore release another great album
  3. Cowboy boots
  4. Mashed potatoes
  5. The absolution of any guilt associated with losing my keys by using the uniquely Southern phrase, “They got gone”
  6. Throw pillows
  7. Grandfather Mountain
  8. My Shark Navigator steam mop
  9. The limitless uses for “Bless your heart”
  10. Pie

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