Great American Eclipse Playlist

Good Morning! With all the buzz about the Great American Eclipse of 2017, of course I had to post a playlist for the event. Hope you are all prepared with your special eclipse glasses and/or pinhole viewing apparatuses. To further your viewing experience here are ten songs I plan to be playing on a loop throughout the afternoon as the moon casts its shadow across the country. So a quick list and then off to spend the day checking out all things solar. Cat Stevens’ Moonshadow  Is there a more…

Cool-tiques and the Joy of the Unexpected

Don’t you just love it when you stumble upon an unexpected treasure?   On a visit to my kids and grandkids last weekend, we decided to check out a new antique store my son had spotted while driving home from work on Friday. The store is located just a hop and skip down the road in Slocomb, AL.   Cool-tiques proves the old adage, the best things in life come in small packages. It is a collector’s haven. Owners Wendell and Robbie Meredith, avid collectors, had been playing around with the…

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 would argue that all poets are song writers. But not all songwriters are poets. Jason Isbell is a poet. I’ll admit I was worried about his new album. How do you follow up a work like Southeastern with its tight writing and subject matter? A work that opened up his life…

Laura McNeill’s Center of Gravity

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 |   I am especially excited about today’s guest. Mobile writer, Laura McNeill, has agreed to sit down and discuss her new novel – Center of Gravity. I’ve known Laura for several years. We met through a mutual friend and bonded over her second novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie, a rollicking love…

The Southern Girl’s Guide to Summer

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 is palpable. Through the years, I’ve discovered a few tricks to help ease the most sultry summer. They don’t alleviate the heat and humidity, but they do help get me through the worse of it. 1. Always carry a complete change of clothes. If you think this sounds extreme, I can…