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See inside the very cool ruins of an 1848 manor at an upscale Georgia resort

As soon as I came across photos of Barnsley Resort, I couldn’t wait to go. Not because of the resort – although it is certainly a nice one for people who like to ride, shoot or golf. I wanted to go because this 3,000-acre resort has its own spooky abandoned mansion. And … the ruins… Continue reading See inside the very cool ruins of an 1848 manor at an upscale Georgia resort

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We learn something new in every city – in Dalton, Ga., the lesson was about peacocks and chenille

Sweetums and I do learn something new almost every day, but with us, the preferred saying is, “You learn something new in every city.” It’s what makes travel such fun. We don’t have to go to cities with theme parks or entertainment venues or museums. Sometimes the main attraction in a city we visit is… Continue reading We learn something new in every city – in Dalton, Ga., the lesson was about peacocks and chenille

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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