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Happy Easter, y’all. Here’s the story of the famous Eggbeater Jesus

What better day than Easter to celebrate one of Alabama's most unusual landmarks, known as the Eggbeater Jesus? The mosaic (not a painting) on Huntsville's First Baptist Church is a well-known landmark. It's history is excerpted below from my book "Forgotten Tales of Alabama," but currently, the mosaic is in bad shape. Because church officials… Continue reading Happy Easter, y’all. Here’s the story of the famous Eggbeater Jesus

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This grave in Georgia is marked by a life-sized baby elephant statue

Last weekend, Sweetums and I were traveling around southern Alabama and Georgia taking photos for my upcoming Guide to the Quirky South (The History Press). I had several places on my list that I had never visited, including the abandoned school that serves as Hawkins Middle School in “Stranger Things.” (More on that coming soon).… Continue reading This grave in Georgia is marked by a life-sized baby elephant statue

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The story behind the ‘Bombed Thinker’ statue on display outside this museum

One of the oddities I wanted to visit when Sweetums and I visited Cleveland, Ohio, last summer is a little something known as “the Bombed Thinker.” How could you not want to visit a statue with a name like that? I’d seen the story of this replica of Rodin’s “The Thinker” on one of the… Continue reading The story behind the ‘Bombed Thinker’ statue on display outside this museum

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This striking cemetery sculpture is an angel, not a knight

When Sweetums and I visited Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, last year, we were awed by the incredible buildings, gardens and statuary. It is a beautiful place. Click here to read about Garfield’s haunted castle. Click here to read about the angel who cries black tears. One monument that stood out was an incredibly intricate… Continue reading This striking cemetery sculpture is an angel, not a knight

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Bigfoot: A History (Guest blog by Sweetums)

April 11, 2019, will mark a first for me: I am speaking at the Monroe County Public Library in Monroeville, Ala., and I will be with a special guest, Bigfoot. That's right, Sasquatch (aka Sweetums) will be accompanying me, at the library's request, and handing out Squatch-o-Grams, little bits of Bigfoot wisdom. I am speaking… Continue reading Bigfoot: A History (Guest blog by Sweetums)