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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

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Update on my 'Guide to Southern Oddities' and check out this great new Southern phrase book

I wanted to update you all on some book news: One came early and another is coming to stores late. Several of you have asked about “A Guide to Southern Oddities,” which was supposed to be in stores before Christmas. Editing and publishing would have been rushed so the publisher delayed its release until spring.… Continue reading Update on my 'Guide to Southern Oddities' and check out this great new Southern phrase book

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Baby Girl is engaged and here’s why I’m thrilled

Everyone in my family has to get accustomed to being fodder for my humor columns. Baby Girl has been suffering the longest -- for 26 years, bless her heart. (I've known my big brother Doofus longer but his life is not nearly funny enough to be featured often -- although he does figure prominently in… Continue reading Baby Girl is engaged and here’s why I’m thrilled

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The North Carolina Christmas theme park you can’t visit at Christmas

Santa’s Land in Cherokee, N.C., is a throwback of the best kind. The small family-owned amusement park has featured kids’ rides, animal shows, carnival games and several shops and eateries since it opened in 1966. The Christmas-themed park evokes all the joys of the holiday – only you can’t enjoy them during the holidays. Santa’s… Continue reading The North Carolina Christmas theme park you can’t visit at Christmas