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Good Advice, Great Grits, and a Grand Time

My first book tour for Catfish Alley was a combination of the familiar places and faces that remind me of my rootedness in Mississippi, combined with the brand new experience of being a published author—something I will always consider a privilege.     My first morning at Mama’s I was up early before the sun drinking in the scents of […]

A Pound for a Pound Cake

Is there anything more evocative of the South than the quintessential and humble pound cake? The name comes from the fact that the original pound cakes contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Nowadays, I think the name means that you gain a pound each time you eat a slice. My daughter […]

A Southern Treasure: Catfish Alley, the Place

My novel, Catfish Alley, gets its name from a street, located at 4th Street South, and running between Main Street and College Street in Columbus, Mississippi. The real Catfish Alley was a gathering place for African Americans from the late nineteenth century through my growing up years in the sixties and seventies. As you can see […]

Halloween Carnivals and Pulling Taffy

Halloween is quickly approaching and I’ve bought my bag of candy for the trick-or-treaters who will brave the cold for the promise of a bucket full of sweets. My childhood memories of Mississippi Halloweens don’t include much trick-or-treating. As a matter of fact, I only remember going trick-or-treating once, and that’s because Mama drove me into […]

Picking Up Pecans

Here in Colorado, windy fall days are bringing the leaves scuttling down from the aspen and elm trees in my garden, and they are starting to fill in the spaces between my perennials. I’ll let the leaves stay there over the winter to protect the plants, and then clean them up in the spring. We’ve […]

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