(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

Andalusia: Home to yummy cakes, giant white shirts and Ward’s store

Sweetums and I were on one of our road trips last month when he saw a billboard that read: “Dean’s Cake House.” He noted the billboard but kept driving. It’s like he doesn’t even know me, y’all. Do I look like the type who’s going to bypass something called a “cake house?” We turned into… Continue reading Andalusia: Home to yummy cakes, giant white shirts and Ward’s store

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It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity and it’s a Southern woman’s cross to bear

The excerpt below is from a column about mom-shaming that appeared on It’s a Southern Thing this week. Click here to redirect to the full column now, or click the link at the end of the excerpt. Just hearing the words “relative humidity” can make women in the South begin to wilt, then scurry into the… Continue reading It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity and it’s a Southern woman’s cross to bear

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

Our road trip to ‘Stranger Things’ film sites in Georgia

Last month, Sweetums and I took a trip to south Alabama for a speaking engagement and then to Georgia for a family event. In between, we ended up on some Georgia back roads, seeking out oddities to photograph for my upcoming guidebook to Southern roadside attractions. We didn’t have tons of time but there were… Continue reading Our road trip to ‘Stranger Things’ film sites in Georgia

Blog Post

Moms who raised kids in the Seventies sure were brave

In honor of Mother's Day, I'm running an excerpt from a column I did about memories of Mom from the 1970s, back when we lived dangerously and rode without seat belts. This column also appears in my book, "Not Quite Right: Mostly True Tales of a Weird News Reporter." When you’re a kid, you have… Continue reading Moms who raised kids in the Seventies sure were brave