(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

This fun stop on I-75 in Georgia yielded fresh produce, TOE jam and moonshine

I’ve been meaning to write about a fun little stop Sweetums and I made last summer in Forsyth, Ga., but I seem to have lost my photos. Thankfully, Sweetums had taken some and I also found some on a Facebook page for the business, so I hope the owners don’t mind me borrowing a handful.… Continue reading This fun stop on I-75 in Georgia yielded fresh produce, TOE jam and moonshine

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

Rare monument shows man's love for his four-legged friends

Florence Y. Barr was only 33 years old when he died in 1884 in Florence, Ala. Barr was the only son of Isaac and Rebecca Barr. Although I know very little about his life, I know he adored his four-legged friends. I know this because his monument in Florence Cemetery is one of my favorite… Continue reading Rare monument shows man's love for his four-legged friends

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

The story of Beautiful Jim Key, the horse that could read and do math

A 1904 advertisement invited the public to see Beautiful Jim Key at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. Price of admission was 15 cents, a fair amount considering visitors would get to see a horse who, according to the ad, “ Reads, Writes, Spells, Counts, Figures, Changes Money Using a National Cash Register, Even Gives… Continue reading The story of Beautiful Jim Key, the horse that could read and do math

Southern Thing Column

Forget putting tongues on flagpoles; this is a Southern kid’s triple-dog dare

If you missed last week’s column on It’s a Southern Thing (SouthernThing.com), you can read it by clicking here. Below are the first paragraphs. https://youtu.be/NigyrT7nLBQ Y'all, a whole bunch of elementary-school kids in Minnesota got their tongues stuck to flagpoles last week. Apparently, after being triple-dog dared, the young'uns managed to shake their playground monitors in… Continue reading Forget putting tongues on flagpoles; this is a Southern kid’s triple-dog dare

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Lane Cake is a true Southern welcome

Have you ever had Lane Cake? Here is the story behind the notoriously difficult-to-make cake, in an excerpt from my book, "Forgotten Tales of Alabama." It was in 1960 that one of Alabama's most famous residents, Nelle Harper Lee, immortalized a lesser known woman from the state's past: Emma Rylander Lane. In Harper Lee's only… Continue reading Lane Cake is a true Southern welcome