Monthly Archives: May 2014

Alabama detours: Gilmer mystery and Piedmont history

May 6, 2013 We’d spent a couple hours ducking the rain and the merest hint of routine at¬†Johnny Devere’s backwoods hideaway. ¬†Roosters crowed, wrens sang and stories flowed. The time to go, alas, had come. By the time we exchanged … Continue reading

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Tallapoosa, 5-6-13: On to Johnny’s Place

Rain is falling in Tallapoosa. It has been falling for three days. Back up the road at the Williams house, Audrey must be ecstatic. She loves nothing more than to sit on the screened-in porch and listen to the rain … Continue reading

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Tallapoosa, Georgia, 5-6-13: The Shealys of Shealy Road

I’m having a hell of a time untangling the overgrown jungle of stories, anecdotes, tall tales and colorful characters that took root in my head during our 11-day stay in Tallapoosa, Ga., last May. In an effort to begin to … Continue reading

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Notes from the Wasteland (and Fruithurst, Alabama)

It’s April 22, aka Earth Day. (Editor’s note: It was indeed April 22, 2014, when I wrote the above sentence. The current date, according to the Gregorian calendar, is May 6, 2014. Of course, if you, in the tradition of … Continue reading

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