(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

A look at beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery

If you've never taken a stroll through Birmingham's Oak Hill Cemetery, you should put it on your list. It's a beautiful place with a great view of the city and some gorgeous funereal art. The cemetery was founded in 1871. The website says: "In 1871 the City of Birmingham purchased from the Elyton Land Company… Continue reading A look at beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery

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This is a story about the love of a good dog, but mostly it’s about life

Hi, readers. Below is a touching guest blog by my husband, Sweetums, about the death of our dogs in December 2020. I wrote about the death of my Trusty Sidedog Lucy in a column here. Here is Sweetums' ode to his beloved German Shepherd, Neeko. - Kelly Kazek By Wil Elrick This is sort of… Continue reading This is a story about the love of a good dog, but mostly it’s about life

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We don’t deserve dogs but thank goodness they don’t know that

Below is an excerpt from Kelly Kazek's column that appeared on It's a Southern Thing. Click here to be directed to the full column. I'm looking at My Trusty Sidedog Lucy, lying on her bed in front of the crackling fire. Those big eyes – the ones that earned her so many treats and got… Continue reading We don’t deserve dogs but thank goodness they don’t know that

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We finally made it to this beautiful event. Check out our photos of Christmas at the Falls

If you haven't been to Alabama's natural wonder Noccalula Falls, you're missing out. It is gorgeous. And if you haven't seen it at Christmas, it's definitely worth a second trip. The 90-foot waterfall is part of Gadsden's Noccalula Falls Park, which features all kinds of walking trails and a campground, as well as family activities… Continue reading We finally made it to this beautiful event. Check out our photos of Christmas at the Falls

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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