(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

See inside the very cool ruins of an 1848 manor at an upscale Georgia resort

As soon as I came across photos of Barnsley Resort, I couldn’t wait to go. Not because of the resort – although it is certainly a nice one for people who like to ride, shoot or golf. I wanted to go because this 3,000-acre resort has its own spooky abandoned mansion. And … the ruins… Continue reading See inside the very cool ruins of an 1848 manor at an upscale Georgia resort

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

We learn something new in every city – in Dalton, Ga., the lesson was about peacocks and chenille

Sweetums and I do learn something new almost every day, but with us, the preferred saying is, “You learn something new in every city.” It’s what makes travel such fun. We don’t have to go to cities with theme parks or entertainment venues or museums. Sometimes the main attraction in a city we visit is… Continue reading We learn something new in every city – in Dalton, Ga., the lesson was about peacocks and chenille

Blog Post

Lane Cake is a true southern welcome

This history of Lane Cake, including a recipe, was excerpted from my book, "Forgotten Tales of Alabama. It was in 1960 that one of Alabama's most famous residents, Nelle Harper Lee, immortalized a lesser known woman from the state's past: Emma Rylander Lane. In Harper Lee's only novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird,… Continue reading Lane Cake is a true southern welcome

Column

‘Twas the Southern Night Before Christmas

Below is an excerpt from this week's column on It's a Southern Thing (southernthing.com). Click here to read it in its entirety, or click the link at the bottom. ’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, The AC was running 'cuz this is the South; It was turned down low since Mama… Continue reading ‘Twas the Southern Night Before Christmas

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The tale of Harrison the cat & a really cool old store

Have you ever met Harrison the cat? He's an animatronic kitty who moves his head as he watches over Harrison Brothers Hardware in downtown Huntsville. The hardware store is not really a hardware story anymore, but a museum and gift shop. Visitors who purchase items in the store can watch as the sale is rung up… Continue reading The tale of Harrison the cat & a really cool old store