Wham, Scam, Thank You Ma’am!

Women of a certain age, if they’re being honest, will tell you the first time someone calls you ma’am can be, well damn right annoying. C’mon, I don’t have $1,000.00 of Oil of Olay scattered all over my bathroom for this shit. But you get over it. If you’re from the South, you blame it on “the younguns bein’ raised right.” You accept it. You buy more wrinkle cream and hope for the best. The years go by. You get used to the ma’ams. You think, “Okay, I can live with…

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…

Saint Patrick’s Day & Leprechauns

  For those of you who are not familiar with the Crichton Leprechaun of Mobile, AL, I thought I’d take a few minutes and give you a St. Patty’s Day laugh. When the story first hit in 2006, it became a web phenomenon even bringing Daniel Tosh to Mobile to investigate the sighting for Tosh.O. Though it’s been nine years since the sighting, no pot of gold has been found, and the leprechaun has not returned. At least not as far as I know. We here in Mobile have enjoyed…

Looking Back

I love the turning over of a new leaf, the beginning of a new year all full of hope and promise, the opening up of a shiny new desk calendar. It gives me pleasure to think of possibilities. After an unplanned hiatus from this blog, I’m happy to be back with you again. Of course, as I write, my mind roams back to those moments I missed last year. Things I wish I’d written, but was too ill to get it going. Beginnings and endings. Those are the bookmarks of…