Southern Thing Column

We survived a New Year’s apocalypse and a year from hell so let’s welcome 2021 with hope: Guest blog

Below is a guest blog by my Sweetums, who had a former career as a law officer. Happy New Year to all of you and thanks for following along. -- Kelly Kazek By Wil Elrick It was 11:55 p.m. on December 31 and the apocalypse was going to happen in five minutes. I was a… Continue reading We survived a New Year’s apocalypse and a year from hell so let’s welcome 2021 with hope: Guest blog

Southern Thing Column

In my South, the motto is peace, love and biscuits

Below is an excerpt from a column originally published on It's a Southern Thing. Click here to read the full column now. Some people wonder, what makes the South the South? Is it the borders of a group of states? The food? The mindset? Why do we Southerners think of ourselves as having an “otherness,”… Continue reading In my South, the motto is peace, love and biscuits

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The back story to the names in my new children’s book will make your heart grow 3 sizes

As some of you know, "A Southern Night Before Christmas," my second children's book, was released last month. It was published by the company I write for, It's a Southern Thing, and beautifully illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. You can buy copies here. I wanted to share a sweet little backstory. In the book, I… Continue reading The back story to the names in my new children’s book will make your heart grow 3 sizes