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Andalusia: Home to yummy cakes, giant white shirts and Ward’s store

Sweetums and I were on one of our road trips last month when he saw a billboard that read: “Dean’s Cake House.” He noted the billboard but kept driving. It’s like he doesn’t even know me, y’all. Do I look like the type who’s going to bypass something called a “cake house?” We turned into… Continue reading Andalusia: Home to yummy cakes, giant white shirts and Ward’s store

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Our road trip to ‘Stranger Things’ film sites in Georgia

Last month, Sweetums and I took a trip to south Alabama for a speaking engagement and then to Georgia for a family event. In between, we ended up on some Georgia back roads, seeking out oddities to photograph for my upcoming guidebook to Southern roadside attractions. We didn’t have tons of time but there were… Continue reading Our road trip to ‘Stranger Things’ film sites in Georgia

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New book sneak peek: Nation’s oldest public folk art in Georgia

I have a book coming out before Christmas that will be a guide to Southern oddities (The History Press). It will be the perfect accompaniment for road trips through the South. Below is one of the stories that will be in the book about Pope's Store Museum:  There is no parking lot, no sign, or… Continue reading New book sneak peek: Nation’s oldest public folk art in Georgia

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There be giants in Dallas, Ga.: A Muffler Man & Uniroyal Gal taller than Sweetums

Sweetums is like a little boy when we come across roadside giants – perhaps because he so rarely sees figures that are taller than his 6-foot-7 frame. We recently made a road trip through Georgia and made a quick side-stop on the way home in the city of Dallas for the sole purpose of seeing… Continue reading There be giants in Dallas, Ga.: A Muffler Man & Uniroyal Gal taller than Sweetums

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Why you have to see the movie-set town from ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

You will all be happy to learn Sweetums won back all his Best Husband points (the ones he lost when he drove right past the Laura Ingalls Wilder House on our honeymoon without waking me up) … and he did it by reading a billboard. For years, I had been planning to visit the Whistle… Continue reading Why you have to see the movie-set town from ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’