It's safe to say that the past year has been difficult on many people, especially in the South. Between the pandemic, natural disasters, and legislation that targets specific sections of the population, a lot of Southerners need help. After much consideration, we've decided to add a charity component to This Is My South. Every quarter, or every three months, we will select … [Read more...] about We’re Now Supporting Local Charities
The South has been home to some of America's greatest writers, penning books that are widely considered to be "classics." They take their surroundings and incorporate them into the tales. These places also might influence visitors to write their own stories. Eatonton, Georgia The town in Georgia's Lake Country was the birthplace of not just one, but two notable … [Read more...] about 6 Must-See Places for Literary Fans
The courir de Mardi Gras, or "Mardi Gras run," is a longtime tradition for Louisiana's Cajun Country. Inspired by celebrations from France, the event entails costumes and mischief. Participants wear costumes meant to mock the aristocracy while visiting homes, begging for gumbo ingredients. The runners, as they're also known, chase chickens across fields. When all of the … [Read more...] about How to Make a Courir de Mardi Gras Outfit
The term "Southern Gothic" is often used to describe everything from literature to film and television. Originally derogatory, these stories are set in the South and generally have dark themes and events, bordering on horror or crime. There might be macabre elements but not necessarily including fantasy aspects like vampires, voodoo, or ghosts. Themes include family … [Read more...] about What is Southern Gothic?
Back in March, when I returned from a trip to Memphis, I had no idea that I would mostly be housebound for the next few months. In a "normal" year, I might be gone two weekends out of the month. In the spring, I'd be attending music festivals and in summer, I'd be participating in the Peachtree Road Race. But it's safe to say that this is no normal year. Should I … [Read more...] about Traveling the South During the Pandemic