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Be a Fountain, not a Drain

That was the saying on one of the many churches peppered along Route 5, also known as the backroads heading into Mississippi. I’d decided to visit Ole Miss, or University of Mississippi in Oxford as I am planning to apply to their MFA program for next Fall. I knew this stop would take me slightly […]

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Sweet Tea, half and half

Hanging in my Aunt’s kitchen is a sign defining the South as “where the tea is sweet, and the accents are sweeter.” My visit to Mt. Juliet couldn’t have been better. I was greeted with open arms and even a chocolate milkshake! Apparently having a love for chocolate tends to run with first-born Sizemore children. […]

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The Smoky Mountains & I-40 West

We left Asheville midday Tuesday, June 5th after a delicious pear butter and toast breakfast and Snickers walking into that same pond again. I figured it would be about a 4 hour drive to my Aunt’s house in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. While chatting with my Asheville hosts, I learned about the Blue Ridge Parkway. It […]

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Be Kind, Be Careful

I just ate a sandwich that contained organic, antibiotic free chicken. Welcome to Asheville, North Carolina, the Paris of the South. At the post-wedding casual brunch that lasted all day, I found myself once again talking about my roadtrip plans. I ran into the usual trouble of not having answers for “Where are you from?” […]

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Mendhi Party & a wedding

This past weekend was the wedding and celebrations of Ashwin’s sister’s wedding. While the days were slow to start (think breakfast at noon) the nights were long and filled with saris, sparkly jewelry, and laughter. This was my first Hindu/Christian wedding experience, so it was very interesting to see how the bride and groom would […]

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North Carolina: Frogs, lizards, and racoons

We finally arrived in Raleigh around 8pm last night. Traveling with the dogs will definitely have some challenges. Right now the car is so full that only one dog crate can be ‘open’ so we rotated with one in the crate and the other in my lap. A lucky bamboo plant that I had in […]

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Cross country road trip: The Plan

I’ve given a lot of thought into how to approach this road trip. My conclusion is that this is a perfect opportunity for me to explore the Southern states that I have never been to before, and to really take my time. I realize that cross country road trips are usually “once in a lifetime” […]