Southernness: The Oxford American versus Garden & Gun–PLUS A GIVEAWAY!

Southernness: The Oxford American versus Garden & Gun--PLUS A GIVEAWAY! - 1

Dear Kay, Thanks for all the questions about the Garden & Gun magazine now currently residing in a busted window of the kitchen. You all got me thinking about that magazine, which got me to thinking about Southernness, and why it is that I feel the need to revisit the never-ending conundrum of how I can stand living in a region that so often drives me wild with frustration and irritation. I love the South! I despise it! A recent magazine...

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Royally Crazy!

Royally Crazy! - 1

Dear Kay, Royal Wedding tomorrow–have you heard? I can’t believe how poorly I have followed this whole thing. But last night, a cheery email made my day and sent me into Royal Fever, just in time. Librarian Kim Payne in Everett, Washington, writes: I had to show what seven crazy coworking knitters can accomplish in 3 weeks when they set their minds to something. Lots of laughter, puzzlement over the patterns, and “Why are we...

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Da Bomb

Da Bomb - 1

Dear Ann, Ann! Do this right now! Go to, and do a search of projects using the tag “Graffiti.” (I’ll wait.) (Here’s a shortcut.) Isn’t it cool to see all that whimsy, and to wonder, among other things, why so much of the planet’s yarn-bombing seems to be happening in Helsinki and California? I have always admired knitted grafitti in public places, and even encountered some in the wild. But...

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