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Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden filled with quirky, sometimes creepy, surprises

Paradise Garden, a site on the National Register of Historic Places in Summerville, Ga., contains the works of Howard Finster, a renowned folk artist. I’ve written a little about Finster in the past for my work with AL.com because he was born in Valley Head, Ala. Click here to read that story. But until my… Continue reading Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden filled with quirky, sometimes creepy, surprises

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When weird tourism became a thing and the world was a better place

I was speaking to some really fun women last Thursday at the Mystery & Mirth Book Club in Madison, Ala., and several said they are like me and seek out the weird places on the map when they travel. They look for World's Largest Things, car-part art and quirky attractions. I think Weird Tourism is… Continue reading When weird tourism became a thing and the world was a better place

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The creepy angel sculpture that weeps black tears

On a trip to Cleveland, Ohio, in June, Sweetums and I visited Lakeview Cemetery, a historic burial ground whose main feature is a massive castle built in honor of President James Garfield. See photos of the haunted castle here.  Another of its fascinating monuments is known as the Haserot Angel, or more formally, “The Angel… Continue reading The creepy angel sculpture that weeps black tears

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Photos from our first Bigfoot Festival

It's just our luck that we were planning a trip to the mountains the same day as a Bigfoot Festival was happening nearby. Of course. So the first weekend in September, Sweetums and I were in Marion, North Carolina, with thousands of Bigfoot enthusiasts for the inaugural festival. Although we'd heard there was a Bigfoot… Continue reading Photos from our first Bigfoot Festival