Fur is dead; Long live fur

One of the things I love the most about Alabama is that yesterday it was nearly 70 degrees and today they are predicting snow showers. Yesterday I nearly glistened. Today I am shivering. Yesterday I wore a t-shirt. Today my first thought was “Hot damn! I can wear my fur coat!” Now before you go…

Rice Dressing

In the mid 1890s, my great grandfather, Andrew Joseph Rowell, Jr., a young man in need of gainful employ, decided he would try his hand working at a logging camp in Chicora, MS. Joby, as he was known to his family, was hired on as an ox driver pulling great pine logs out of the…

Three is a magic number

I recently went through a little spate where it seemed every time the phone rang it was bad news. After receiving the third and worst piece of news, I thought to myself, “Well that’s three. Things can go on and get better now.” And they did. But, I wondered, why was that my first reaction?…