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The time I saw those little stars above my head

"The time I saw those little stars above my head" is excerpted from the book "Not Quite Right: Mostly True Tales About a Weird News Reporter," available at local and online booksellers. For a signed copy, email kellykazek@kellykazek.com. Cost is $15 + $4 shipping. Read more about the book here. So here’s how it happened: One… Continue reading The time I saw those little stars above my head

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Our new book, ‘Covered Bridges of Alabama’ is in stores, y’all

Monday was the release date for the second book co-authored by Sweetums and me. This time, his name was put on the cover first, whereas mine was first on "Alabama Scoundrels." It's a little annoying, sure, but The History Press now automatically puts names in alphabetical order. Apparently some co-authors fought over credit. Any-hoo, the… Continue reading Our new book, ‘Covered Bridges of Alabama’ is in stores, y’all

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The ghost story behind Sewanee’s beautiful All Saints’ Chapel

“The University of the South” just sounds majestic, doesn’t it? I’d always wanted to see it so Sweetums and I took a drive up there a couple of months ago. It was as beautiful as we expected. All the buildings are made of the stone that is plentiful in the mountain setting of Sewanee, Tennessee.… Continue reading The ghost story behind Sewanee’s beautiful All Saints’ Chapel

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My grandma’s superpower: Knowing exactly what size container was needed for the leftovers

The column on my grandmother's superpowers was initially published on It's a Southern Thing. The link below takes you to the full column. My Grandmother Caldwell, Georgia born and bred, had many talents, not the least among them making biscuits that tasted like honey-laden pillows of yumminess. She knew exactly how many pinches of what… Continue reading My grandma’s superpower: Knowing exactly what size container was needed for the leftovers

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The creepy angel sculpture that weeps black tears

On a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, in June, Sweetums and I visited Lakeview Cemetery, a historic burial ground whose main feature is a massive castle built in honor of President James Garfield. See photos of the haunted castle here.  Another of its fascinating monuments is known as the Haserot Angel, or more formally, “The Angel… Continue reading The creepy angel sculpture that weeps black tears