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Oden’s Store – Antiques & Old Stuff

Lynda Oden and her family have been running Oden's Store since 1904 Oden's Store and Antiques is chock full of treasures: depression glass, old tools, furniture from the turn of the last century, old doors, some junk, but all of it is interesting. It is the kind of place where you have to poke around [...]

Politics & Youth

Politics resurrect memories. There was another election:  Richard Nixon in the 60s. Pat Nixon, Ginny Tuttle (Chloe's Mother-in-Law) & Richard Nixon in Atlanta during the Eisenhower campaign of the 50s Back then, I had decided that if Nixon was re-elected, I was moving to Africa. Remember, this was the sixties.  I can't remember where in [...]

Barney’s Killer Salsa

This original salsa recipe is a crowd-pleaser and a cook-pleaser - It only takes 5 minutes to make.  My nephew Barney created it after several years of tasting and testing. His salsa recipe is certainly one of his claims to fame. Barney's best claim to fame is that he is my nephew, and he was [...]

Miss Sadie’s Mill – the Original Big Mill

"Miss Sadie" James ran the Big Mill gristmill for as long as I can remember. (Sadie James & Chloe Ann sitting out front of Miss Sadie's country store. Photo by Joy Greyer) In the 1940's prior to when she and her husband, Columbus, bought it, it had been a water-powered sawmill. It was converted to [...]

Vollis Simpson – Junkyard Artist of Whirligigs

Vollis Simpson, called the Junkyard Poet of Whirligigs and Windmills by the New York Times Vollis Simpson is a craftsman of brightly painted metal art - giant creations he calls windmills and we call whirligigs. Driving through eastern North Carolina looking for Lucama and Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Farm, you begin to wonder if you are [...]

Hank Cochran – The Legend

We sailed into Green Turtle Cay in the Abaco Islands in 1978 and I met Hank Cochran that day. Hank was lounging on the back of his Grand Banks 50, aptly named "The Legend." Photo by Chloe Tuttle Garland Perry "Hank" Cochran was born in Isola, Mississippi in 1935. Hank moved to Nashville in 1960, and with Harland [...]