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You need to see Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories

Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories, Birmingham, Ala. (Kelly Kazek) I’ve written before about what I would grab from my house in the event of a fire, besides any humans, pets and important documents, of course. The main thing would be my signed copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was a birthday gift… Continue reading You need to see Reed Books and Museum of Fond Memories

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See Miss Electra, one of Alabama’s giants, up close

In July, I took a quick road trip. I was randomly driving around downtown Birmingham and came across one of my favorite Alabama giants: Miss Electra.  She is perched atop the historic Alabama Power Building, which is a work of art in its own right. I pulled over to take a photo of Electra, although… Continue reading See Miss Electra, one of Alabama’s giants, up close

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We paid respects at the grave of the famed educated horse, Beautiful Jim Key

Sweetums and I took a Mother's Day drive Saturday to go to a festival in Tennessee (I'll have a post on the festival soon). On the way, I realized we were passing through Shelbyville, Tenn., which is an area I've written about but never visited. One of the quirky points of interest there is the… Continue reading We paid respects at the grave of the famed educated horse, Beautiful Jim Key

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Have you ever heard of a community called The Bottle?

With football season starting up, I thought I'd share an excerpt from my book "Forgotten Tales of Alabama." This is one of my favorite books. See a description of the book here. Every student heading from the north to the campus of Auburn University in southern Alabama has turned off Alabama Highway 280 onto Highway… Continue reading Have you ever heard of a community called The Bottle?

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The Castle at Wilson Park

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 Castle at Wilson Park (Wikimedia Commons) Fayetteville’s historic Wilson Park is known for an unusual feature: a whimsical castle structure that was… Continue reading The Castle at Wilson Park