In April, in the early days of social distancing, Sweetums and I took a drive to the Victorian village of Rugby, Tenn., and we drove through the tiny town of Viola, Tenn. I know very little about it but wanted to share the photos because the town hall was so picturesque. Here’s what I learned… Continue reading A visit to the tiny town of Viola, Tenn.
I love my job at It’s a Southern Thing (SouthernThing.com). I love writing about fun and quirky places and penning humor columns to try to help people smile during bad times. But my most recent project for SouthernThing.com may be my all-time fave. We have created a “Y is for Y’all” picture book of Southern… Continue reading Y’all will just melt over this ‘Y is for Y’all’ book. So adorable!
The following is excerpted from my book: "Forgotten Tales of Alabama." What happens when a highway crew encounters long-buried bodies while digging The dead go to the highest bidder. At least, they did in one unusual case in northern Alabama. In 1968, while completing Interstate 65 from Birmingham to Nashville, crews encountered several bodies buried… Continue reading The story of the 194 mystery graves of North Alabama
You may have heard the story of haint blue, especially if you follow this blog or any of my writing. Many people in the South painted the ceilings of their front porches a sky-blue color as a means of warding off evil spirits and those irritating summer bugs, which some of us think are one… Continue reading The Southern legend of blue window panes
This is my COVID-19 pandemic journal. Because I was a news journalist for nearly 30 years (before switching to humor and fun stories), I found myself wanting to chronicle just a little of this strange time for future generations. Of course, with technology these days, there will be plenty of photos and journals to go… Continue reading My COVID-19 journal and photos