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Sean of the South

M. Judson Booksellers is located downtown Greenville, South Carolina, right on Main Street. This is your quintessential bookstore, complete with comfy chairs, hardwood floors, and high-brow autobiographical material authored by Willie Nelson. I walked inside and was immediately greeted by The Smell. You know The Smell. It is the sacrosanct aroma found inside all establishments that peddle the printed word. […]

Recipe Corner

Change things up with mashed sweet potatoes instead of regular mashed potatoes. Sweet potatoes do not need tons of sugar or tiny marshmallows on top of them in order to be delicious! -Jenna Wood Mashed Sweet Potatoes 6 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed1/4 cup half and half6 Tbsp. butter2 Tbsp. maple syrupsalt and pepper Place potatoes in a large pot […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 30, 1977

Homemakers’ corner by Mildred M. Gilbert County Agent – Home Economics Infants are a source of boundless joy to parents as they grow through successive stages of healthy physical, mental, and social development. This year, 4,000 children less than 4 years old will be injured by accidents in their homes and one child in every 12 will be injured seriously […]

You got this

Sean of the South

Let’s talk about confidence. Self-confidence. Not the corny brand of confidence found in many self-help books where you repeat a motivational key phrase before the mirror for guaranteed success – or your money back! No, I’m talking about the kind of unwavering confidence found within exceptional people who routinely sing karaoke or pass highway patrol vehicles on the interstate. Confidence. […]

Recipe Corner

Make sure you get a brownie mix that will make a 9×13 pan of brownies. Most brownie mixes only make a 9×9 pan, so you would have to combine two boxes in that case to make this recipe. In my opinion, these brownies served with ice cream are way better than a traditional pecan pie. -Jenna Wood Pecan Pie Brownies […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 23, 1967

A Thanksgiving prayerby Mrs. Paul Owens Dear Heavenly Father, please accept my thanks for every new day. Help me to live each day wisely. I am thankful for work accomplished in my daily life. You have taught me to release my son and daughter who married and went away. Help me to be a good wife, mother, and grandmother. Let […]

Out and About

Why not eco-tourism?

A scheduled monthly task I have as a member of the Friends of the Locust Fork River is picking up trash at Swann Covered Bridge. Since that covered bridge is an attraction in Blount County, I often cross paths with “tourists.” I recently spoke with a group from Georgia that was in Alabama primarily to explore the state’s covered bridges. […]

Precious memories

Sean of the South

This Thanksgiving season I’m thankful for good memories. First and foremost. Memories I have made with my wife, with my family, with my fishing rod. Memories of happy childhood days, memories of minor triumphs, of people who loved me, and memories involving beer. Yes. I am infinitely grateful for pleasant memories. Because nothing in this world stays the same, everything […]

Recipe Corner

I had to do this one since it is pumpkin spice season! If you’re not a pumpkin spice fan, using cinnamon in its place is fine. These would be great for a Thanksgiving breakfast next week! -Jenna Wood Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls 1 (13.8 oz.) can refrigerated pizzadough3 Tbsp. butter, room temperature1/3 cup packed brown sugar2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 14, 1957

Hardships are not all stumbling blocksby Dr. Lelias E. Kirby Why do we parents persist in standing as a buffer between our children and the inevitable problems of life? It is human, I suppose, for us to plan for our children a smoother path than we have trod. Try to picture what you would be today had you been granted […]


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