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All gone, to look for America

Along Highway 80 in Alabama, in that lonely stretch west of Selma, there’s a derelict gas station. It’s been closed for years. When I lived in Montgomery in the mid-80s, it had already been closed for years. It’s at the intersection of Highway 80 and a state highway, so I’ve always supposed that at one […]

September 23, 2014 · Harry · 3 Comments
Posted in: Life, Southern Stuff

The Wisdom Of The Oak

I’m not one to put stock in things like the Farmer’s Almanac long-range forecasts. I don’t pay attention to which way the wooly bears are crossing the road, or what their stripes look like. In the interest of fairness to the Farmers Almanac, I will admit that they pretty much called this winter: a decline […]

February 8, 2014 · Harry · One Comment
Posted in: Mississippi, Southern Stuff, Weather

The Southern Way Of Cold

We’re coming out of the record or near-record cold snap today. Brief though it was, it really threw many of us Southerners for a loop. In my part of Mississippi, we’ll see lows in the 20s fairly often in winter – by which I mean, 28 or 29 degrees. Sometimes 25 degrees. Occasionally even closer […]

January 8, 2014 · Harry · One Comment
Posted in: Southern Stuff, Weather

The Tree Spirits of St. Simon’s Island

St. Simon’s Island is one of those lesser-known gems of the southeast United States. It sits about an hour north of Jacksonville, beside Brunswick, Georgia. It’s a beautiful little island community that has somehow escaped the overbuilding and commercialism that has afflicted places like Gulf Shores, Alabama. It has a nice white beach, although much […]

June 6, 2013 · Harry · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Other Stuff, Photography, Southern Stuff

Kudzu Is Coming

Someone asked the question on a mailing list – why is kudzu in some places in the south, and not other places? I think it’s a combination of luck and location. It would be interesting to find the places where it was originally intentionally introduced, and map the spread from those places. That wouldn’t account […]

March 23, 2012 · Harry · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Mississippi, Southern Stuff