Below is an excerpt of a column that originally appeared on It's a Southern Thing. Click here to be directed to the full column now. Her voice was low but sweet. It seemed too hoarse for the tiny body it came from, as if it had flowed over gravel and sandpaper, smoothed out with maybe… Continue reading Yes, Atticus Finch, you can choose your family
Category: Southern Thing Column
This is where I share excerpts and links to my weekly humor column that appears on It’s a Southern Thing. (For those who are curious, I share the excerpt not because it tickles me to redirect you to the full column but because the column is the property of SouthernThing.com but I share part of it here so readers who follow the blog will know it has been posted.)
The intriguing Ace of Clubs House
Below is a brief excerpt from my 2020 book, "A Guide to the South's Quirkiest Roadside Attractions." It is a Books-a-Million exclusive and can be purchased in stores or on the website here. The intriguing name for this house comes from the fact that it is shaped like a club, with three octagonal wings and… Continue reading The intriguing Ace of Clubs House
We’re losing our handwriting … and a little piece of ourselves
Below is an excerpt from a column initially published on It's a Southern Thing. Click here to be directed to the full column now. On my daughter’s wedding day, she carried a gorgeous bouquet with a special tag attached. The small piece of leather, tied to the bouquet with a ribbon, was made by her… Continue reading We’re losing our handwriting … and a little piece of ourselves
What is a Southern trifle and why is it called that?
Below is an excerpt from a column that appeared on It's a Southern Thing (SouthernThing.com). To go directly to the full column, click here. Not long ago, I mentioned the word "trifle" in a column. As in, the dessert kind of trifle. I don't get to have it often but it is definitely a favorite… Continue reading What is a Southern trifle and why is it called that?
Why Southerners say ‘fixin’ to’
Below is an excerpt from my column that was original published on SouthernThing.com. Click here to be directed to the full column. When I was at Auburn University, I went out with a guy in a fraternity for a couple of weeks (the brothers put a hose through a window and played slip-n-slide down the… Continue reading Why Southerners say ‘fixin’ to’