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The Futuro house, dome home, giant roller skate and beach ball in Pensacola

Last weekend, Sweetums and I went to Orange Beach, Ala., where I was speaking at the Alabama Press Association Convention. It was the first time we’d been to the beach together, since most of our trips involve traveling to World’s Largest Things and ghost towns and such. When we left Sunday morning, the GPS routed… Continue reading The Futuro house, dome home, giant roller skate and beach ball in Pensacola

Southern Thing Column

The feel-good tadpole update you needed today

The excerpt below is from a column that originated on It’s a Southern Thing. Click the link at the bottom to read the full column or go ahead and click here now. Mamas are worriers. We just are. Some more than others, of course, and I got a healthy share of worrying genes. So when… Continue reading The feel-good tadpole update you needed today

Natural (ODD)yssey

Elk had been eliminated in the Great Smoky Mountains but now you can see herds like this one

A friend was recently posting photos of majestic elk he saw in the Great Smoky Mountains and I was reminded of the herd Sweetums and I saw on a trip last year. I realized I had never posted the photos of one of the most incredible sights we've been lucky enough to witness. We were… Continue reading Elk had been eliminated in the Great Smoky Mountains but now you can see herds like this one

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

The Pippen Angels are among the most tragic and beautiful cemetery monuments in Alabama

In Courtland Cemetery, established ca.-1820, four eerily beautiful cherubs mark the graves of children taken much too soon. The angel statues, set atop pedestals all in a row, represent children of differing genders and ages who are buried beneath them. I’ve looked for information on who carved the angels (I refer to them as the… Continue reading The Pippen Angels are among the most tragic and beautiful cemetery monuments in Alabama

Southern Thing Column

Here’s what to expect on Father’s Day when your ‘babies’ are four orphaned tadpoles

The excerpt below is from a column that originated on It’s a Southern Thing. Click the link at the bottom to read the full column or go ahead and click here now. So Sweetums has adopted new pets. Before you say, “Awwwww,” let me give you some background. My hubby doesn’t understand pets. Don’t get me… Continue reading Here’s what to expect on Father’s Day when your ‘babies’ are four orphaned tadpoles