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We’re losing our handwriting … and a little piece of ourselves

Below is an excerpt from a column initially published on It's a Southern Thing. Click here to be directed to the full column now. On my daughter’s wedding day, she carried a gorgeous bouquet with a special tag attached. The small piece of leather, tied to the bouquet with a ribbon, was made by her… Continue reading We’re losing our handwriting … and a little piece of ourselves

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

Morris the cat still haunts the Crescent Hotel

The post below is excerpted from my book "A Guide to the South's Quirkiest Roadside Attractions." You can buy it at Books-A-Million stores or online here. Morris the cat, who lived to the ripe ol’ age of 21, had an important position and an office at the historic Crescent Hotel. Morris was known as the… Continue reading Morris the cat still haunts the Crescent Hotel

Southern Thing Column

What is a Southern trifle and why is it called that?

Below is an excerpt from a column that appeared on It's a Southern Thing (SouthernThing.com). To go directly to the full column, click here. Not long ago, I mentioned the word "trifle" in a column. As in, the dessert kind of trifle. I don't get to have it often but it is definitely a favorite… Continue reading What is a Southern trifle and why is it called that?

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

What exactly are crop circles signs of?

Below is an excerpt from my book "Forgotten Tales of Tennessee." Click here to read more about it and order. It was an odd sight that greeted Captain Bryan Graves of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as he looked down on Madisonville from his small plane in June 2007. In the wheat fields below, he… Continue reading What exactly are crop circles signs of?