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Avoid “Flood Cars”

By David Peel Following major hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, many flooded cars are totaled by insurance companies and auctioned to salvage. But look out, some of them will soon be for sale nearby. No one makes the salvage actually destroy the car, so they sometimes get “rebuilt”. In the case of a partially flooded […]

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SOUTHERN RAISIN’ Witches, Haints, Fortune Tellers, and Ghosts

By Otis Griffin I do not believe in “GHOSTS”.  But I was raised up with a boy that did.  Paul was a big OLE boy and fully grown when he was in the eighth grade.  Paul had two older brothers and two sisters, Agnes was older and Gladys younger.  They were raised on a farm […]

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Getting “Published”

By David Peel Seeing a book I wrote in print has been a very strange feeling this week. It’s a bit surreal to see something you created now listed for sale on Amazon.com. The inspiration for “Two Feet or Ten? Perspectives Matter: What You Don’t See When You Drive” came from speaking with the local community at […]

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Remember How You Got Yo’ Ed-ju-ca-shun?

By Otis Griffin Does anyone remember when each small community had their own personal school??  Many times the school and a church held the neighborhood together, just like glue. In some of the Southern Country  towns, if the natives had a store, gin or possibly a Post Office, they felt they were chopping in some […]

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Bucket Lists

By David Peel I don’t know when I first heard about a bucket list.  But, I’ve always loved the idea that there are a number of things that we all want to do with our lives before we kick the proverbial bucket and die, is universal. But reducing them to writing is rare.  Rarer still, […]

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Our Brave New World

By David Peel We now live in a world where a teenage girl encouraged with many text messages a teenage boy to kill himself and is now going to jail. We now live in a world where an electric self-driving car is going to transport your family, but be more complicated and have more lines […]

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SOUTHERN RAISIN’ That is a Sure Fire Way to Find Out

By Otis Griffin I can’t say it was a lot fun or enjoyment.  However we had to do it if we wanted to eat and survive.  Our parents showed us and their parents showed them and our ancestors back as far as Eve and Adam.  In the wonderful South folks have always taken a lot […]

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Momma Knew and I Didn’t Have to Tell Her

By Otis Griffin Everyone had to try blackberry picking’ with their friends as it was just a way of life. Such as larrupin’ apple pie, snipe huntin’, skinny dippin’, corn cob fightin’ and grape vine puffin’!  In most cases there are consequences you don’t want to own up to, or admit since you would be […]

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Eyewitnesses

By David Peel Eyewitnesses rarely seem to stay at crash scenes anymore. Police will take statements from witnesses at the scene, but often are very busy, and don’t seek them out too actively. So, if they do not stay, they may be lost. There are at least several reasons why: 1.    The feeling of community […]

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SOUTHERN RAISIN’ I Wonder Was it Worth All the Trouble?

By Otis Griffin Everyone in our wonderful South at one time or ’nuther has been blackberry picking.  There ain’t nuthin’ no better than a wide mouthed bowl of blackberry cobbler with some vanilla ice cream to top off a Sunday feast.  We were real small when we were first allowed to go pickin’.  It didn’t […]

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