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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

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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

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Things my Southern mama taught me

The excerpt below is from a column about mom-shaming that appeared on It’s a Southern Thing last week. Click here to read the full column now, or click the link at the end of the excerpt. When I picture my mother, she is smiling. Always. I don’t know whether it’s because that’s how she looked… Continue reading Things my Southern mama taught me

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New book sneak peek: Nation’s oldest public folk art in Georgia

I have a book coming out before Christmas that will be a guide to Southern oddities (The History Press). It will be the perfect accompaniment for road trips through the South. Below is one of the stories that will be in the book about Pope's Store Museum:  There is no parking lot, no sign, or… Continue reading New book sneak peek: Nation’s oldest public folk art in Georgia

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There be giants in Dallas, Ga.: A Muffler Man & Uniroyal Gal taller than Sweetums

Sweetums is like a little boy when we come across roadside giants – perhaps because he so rarely sees figures that are taller than his 6-foot-7 frame. We recently made a road trip through Georgia and made a quick side-stop on the way home in the city of Dallas for the sole purpose of seeing… Continue reading There be giants in Dallas, Ga.: A Muffler Man & Uniroyal Gal taller than Sweetums