Tag Archives: Ocala National Forest

Pound Cake Packing Preacher

In 2009, Oxmoor House Publishers came out with a book called Southern Living Comfort Food. The back cover of the book carried the following quote from Susan Dosier, a former executive editor at Southern Living: “Maybe a pound cake needs … Continue reading

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The Today Show got it wrong

              This morning the Today Show did a segment on debunking traditional wisdom. They said it’s OK to go out in the winter with wet hair and turkey doesn’t make you sleepy. They also said fireplaces don’t … Continue reading

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Sounds of the Times

While the beauty of the Ocala National Forest is indescribable, the sounds of the forest were memorable as well. On warm summer nights chirping crickets and croaking bullfrogs filled the air with a sound as big as a big bass … Continue reading

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Fine Antiques, Beauty Salon, and Live Bait

One of our forest neighbors was such an interesting person I’ve often said that if she were a character in a book, no one would believe her. It’s impossible to think up anyone as fascinating as Dorothy Green actually was. … Continue reading

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Mother’s love of turtles

One might assume that a woman born and raised in Alabama with parents who farmed would be a country girl. Not so much the case with my Mother. She knew how to process garden produce and she had picked cotton … Continue reading

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The Day We Caught the Alligator

Even for Florida kids used to living among critters, a baby alligator was cause for excitement. It was the 1960s and alligators were on America’s Endangered Species List. In Pre-Disney Florida, tourists flocked to Ross Allen’s Reptile Institute in Silver … Continue reading

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Lela Leslie Willingham

I never knew her but Lela Leslie Willingham had a profound influence on my life. She was an English teacher in LaFayette, Alabama in the 1930s and 40s. She was quoted regularly in our home when I was growing up. … Continue reading

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