Mad about the South—that’s me. Other regions hide their oddball relatives in the attic. But Southerners are so proud of quirky that we stick them on the front porch.
I signed on as a copywriter with “Mom’s magazine,” Southern Living, and then waltzed through sister magazine Southern Accents. It was a crash course in all things Southern: porches made in the shade, lush gardens, blue highways, big city glare, small-town low lights, antiques, blues, the best of American literature, and food, food, food. However, a turn at Cooking Light purged bacon grease from my kitchen.
I took a detour to the Midwest on joining the staff at Meredith Books and Better Homes and Gardens. Iowans are low-key friendly and put on the best state fair. Ever! There you can hobnob with (or flee) any politician flirting with a presidential run. I learned to nibble funnel cakes and turkey legs as big as baseball bats.
After weathering whiteouts, this AL Gal tricky-trotted back South and lived in Virginia. A recent move brought me to Delaware, with close proximity to two destinations beloved by Southerners: Longwood Gardens and Winterthur.
Also, I remain an ardent Francophile and adore Paris, Chartres, Flaubert, Verlaine, antique architectural plates, Left Bank baby bistros, a flea market toss, and Kir. I mix it up with Southern junk funk. Call my house “carnival crazy.”
My career as a writer and editor was anything but predictable. I covered every topic but porn and physics. After writing, ghostwriting, and editing a grandiose pile of branded books and articles, I jumped into blogging bliss—experimenting with creative nonfiction (characters welcome), poems, musings, and garden rambles. For reflections on writers, poetry, and social media, drop by Catherine Hamrick: Soul Deep Storyteller & Editor.
Butter sculpture is from the private collection of Pamela H. Simpson and published in “Butter Cows and Butter Buildings: A History of an Unconventional Sculptural Medium,” Winterthur Portfolio 41, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 1-19 (Winterthur/Butter Sculpture)