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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… Read More

Politics & Youth

Politics resurrect memories. There was another election:  Richard Nixon in the 60s. 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 Africa -- either Ivory Coast or Liberia. Made sense to me at the time. T.S. Applegate, physics professor… Read More

Barney’s Killer Salsa

This original salsa recipe is a crowd-pleaser and a cook-pleaser -It only takes 5 minutes to make.  [amd-yrecipe-recipe:31] 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… Read More

Miss Sadie’s Mill – the Original Big Mill

"Miss Sadie" James ran the Big Mill gristmill for as long as I can remember. 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 a grist mill, the stones to grind the corn were shipped over from England. Sometime later in… Read More

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… Read More

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 of Hank Cochran by Chloe Tuttle Garland Perry "Hank" Cochran was born in Isola, Mississippi in 1935. Hank moved to Nashville in… Read More