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You won’t believe the backstory of the World’s Largest Rubber Stamp

Until you’ve stood in the shadow of the World’s Largest Rubber Stamp, you can’t understand its magnitude. I know because I stood there last week. The funky artwork, located in Willard Park in Cleveland, Ohio, is bright and funny and massive, plus it has an interesting backstory about the relation of the word “FREE” and… Continue reading You won’t believe the backstory of the World’s Largest Rubber Stamp

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Finally! We visited Moon Winx, the holy grail of neon

For years, I have seen photos of the vintage neon sign at the Moon Winx Lodge in Tuscaloosa. I’d even written about it. But I had never set eyes on it. I am, after all, an Auburn grad and visits to Tuscaloosa have been practically non-existent. Until last Friday, when I was in Tuscaloosa speaking… Continue reading Finally! We visited Moon Winx, the holy grail of neon

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When Sweetums, Rent-a-Squatch and Rick Bragg conspired to steal my thunder

Y’all, Sweetums is becoming more and more famous. Already, people come up to him to ask if he is the Sweetums I am always writing about. Then, last weekend, I was speaking at a writers’ conference in Tuscaloosa and he got waaaay more attention than me. Not only was he the main topic of discussion… Continue reading When Sweetums, Rent-a-Squatch and Rick Bragg conspired to steal my thunder

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Memories of my time with Jerry Maren, the last Munchkin, who has died at 98

Jerry Maren looked like any grandfather – plaid shirt, khakis, baseball cap and orthopedic sneakers – except for his height. Despite the fact that he portrayed one of the most recognizable characters in film history, the “Lollipop Kid” from “The Wizard of Oz,” few people recognized him when he came to Huntsville, Alabama, in 2005.… Continue reading Memories of my time with Jerry Maren, the last Munchkin, who has died at 98

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When Bangor Cave was Alabama’s most popular Prohibition night club

A few years ago, Sweetums and I visited Bangor Cave in Blount County, an intriguing cavern that was once a Prohibition night club and gambling hall. It was quite creepy and I didn't want to explore its inky depths but, near the entrance, I was able to see the bar that was carved from the… Continue reading When Bangor Cave was Alabama’s most popular Prohibition night club