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…

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 a conversation with someone about how the crazy weather in Mobile, hot one day — freezing the next, has made it almost impossible to get rid of winter colds and bugs. I told this person that when I was a kid, my grandmother kept a bottle of…

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 spring and fall. They make a mess of your car, your outside living space and are a general nuisance. While swatting them away this morning, I thought it might be interesting to come up with a list of love songs to go with their infestation. Maybe it was the humidity…

Strange Days

If Andy Warhol could see the world as it is today, I’m sure he would smile. It seems he was downright profound in his prediction: “In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” It boggles the mind that people will actually take their hard-earned vacation days to attend the trial of an alleged murderer who plays to the camera as if she were in a movie as was the case in the recent trial of Jodi Arias. The popularity of Housewives of (fill-in-the-blank) is beyond my understanding, bringing…

What Makes a Southern Writer Southern?

Many times during interviews I am asked the question: Do you consider yourself a Southern Writer? (Yes.) What makes you a Southern Writer? (I just am.) No really, read my answer here. It is a question I’ve had to put some thought into. Recently, my husband gave me a book to read. He does this every now and then usually something to do with sports. Sometimes I get through them. Sometimes I don’t. Though even he didn’t predict I would fall in love with Woody Hayes. Maybe because growing up in Alabama made me…