Jason Isbell’s Something More than Free

Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. This is the wikipedia definition of poetry. I … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments

Laura McNeill’s Center of Gravity

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Tea Cakes and Whiskey welcomes Laura McNeil for a talk about her new novel, Center of Gravity. Laura will be having a book signing at Carpe Diem in Mobile on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:00 pm.  Website | Blog |  Twitter | Pre-Order On AmazonPinterest | Goodreads | Instagram | Facebook |   … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments

The Southern Girl’s Guide to Summer

This gallery contains 5 photos.

Here in the South, summer is a muggy misery. Walking from the parking lot to the store can leave you drenched in sweat. Humidity is like kudzu. It permeates everything with its stifling embrace. Trust me on this — it … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments

Moonshine, Outhouses, and the Art of Conversation

If you’re like me, you end up in conversations with complete strangers every time you tear yourself from the computer and venture out. Last week I had a doctor’s appointment. As I was waiting for the nurse, I got into … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments

Songs for a Crazy Christmas

We all have Holiday rituals. Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, I begin the season by listening to Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album. I rock out to Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me and Santa Claus is Back in … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Life Lessons from a Friend

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Sometimes we are lucky enough to have people come into our lives who make us better. My friend Charles McInnis was such a person. My favorite question from Charles was “What if?” He was always encouraging and helpful to everyone … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments

Love Bugs and Love Songs

Those of us who live in the South know them well. Those pesky little creatures that fly around in pairs, attached to each other like teenagers to their cell phones. They’re back! Love bugs tend to come around in early … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments

A Little Summer Joy with The Excelsior Band

This gallery contains 2 photos.

As the heat and humidity has been ridiculously off the charts this week, I’ve been looking for a little diversion. The public library is the perfect place to get in out of the heat and enjoy the entertainment offered during … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Red Clay Readers Take on Robert Inman’s Home Fires Burning

I’ve been reading the summer selections of the Red Clay Readers, AL.com’s on-line book club. Today I’d like to share my review of Alabamian, Robert Inman’s, first novel, Home Fires Burning. When Jessica Sawyer Rigby first approached me to write … Continue reading

More Galleries | 1 Comment

Jumping on the Wagon: Hayride2

This gallery contains 4 photos.

What could be more thrilling than watching a movie premiere with the actors, director and producers sitting in the same theater? How about watching that movie at The Crescent Theater when one of the stars of the show is the … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Going for the Gusto

I made a deal with myself a few years ago. For the rest of my life I will do what I want to do. I will “Suck the marrow out of life.” Enjoy my family and friends. Now I suppose … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments

Winding Down To Kill a Mockingbird

This gallery contains 1 photo.

As I mentioned earlier, I have been involved in the AL.com Red Clay Readers Book Club study of To Kill a Mockingbird. On Friday, April 25th the book club culminated in a round table discussion of the book lead by … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments

April is the Cruelest Month: Songs for Tax Day

When T.S. Eliot wrote The Waste Land, I’m not sure he had tax season in mind. But he hit the nail on the head with the opening lines. So in honor/horror of the upcoming tax deadline, I thought it would … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

To Kill a Mockingbird Interview

As I mentioned in my last blog, I spent last week preparing for a crew to come to my home and shoot a video about my thoughts on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a little unnerving when you … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird

AL.com has just announced the creation of the on-line book club Red Clay Readers. The first selection is To Kill a Mockingbird, the pivotal, Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Monroeville native Harper Lee. I  was honored to be asked to do … Continue reading

More Galleries | 2 Comments