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Sweetums really needs an 18-foot caveman statue. Here’s how to donate

Out there in Readerland, lots and lots of you are generous enough to share notices of all kinds about Bigfoot merchandise we might need for Sweetums' collection. Y'all know I appreciate it, right? BUT. I have told Sweetums the front garden is officially full and no more Sasqui or Loch Ness Monsters or gnomes or… Continue reading Sweetums really needs an 18-foot caveman statue. Here’s how to donate

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You know that Pink Stuff your grandma makes for holiday meals? It has a real name

This excerpt is from a column on Grandma's Pink Stuff that was initially published on It's a Southern Thing (southernthing.com). The link at the end of the column will take you to the full column on the IAST site. Or go directly to the column now by clicking here. If I walked up to you… Continue reading You know that Pink Stuff your grandma makes for holiday meals? It has a real name

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I can hear but I use closed captioning … because I’m old and it’s easier that way

I watch TV with the closed captioning and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Does that make me seem old? Sure, but not as old as carrying a flip phone or wearing capris with white tennis shoes (according to Baby Girl). But apparently, I’m in good company … of other people whose mailboxes are flooded… Continue reading I can hear but I use closed captioning … because I’m old and it’s easier that way

Column

What the British call ‘biscuit’ is no biscuit, y’all

This column on biscuits vs. biscuits originated on It’s a Southern Thing, one of the companies I write for. I post a portion of the column here and then give a link at the end to the full original column, or you can go straight to the full column now by clicking here now. There’s lots of other… Continue reading What the British call ‘biscuit’ is no biscuit, y’all

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

When weird tourism became a thing and the world was a better place

I was speaking to some really fun women last Thursday at the Mystery & Mirth Book Club in Madison, Ala., and several said they are like me and seek out the weird places on the map when they travel. They look for World's Largest Things, car-part art and quirky attractions. I think Weird Tourism is… Continue reading When weird tourism became a thing and the world was a better place