Andi Reynolds

Andi Reynolds has been an award-winning writer and editor for 30 years. She's lived in several states with her husband Dennis and always two or three large dogs of some breed or variety. Her passions are cooking, reading and quilting.

Clouds in the Fields: Texas Cotton

Lubbock, Texas

The Lone Star State is in the lead for a lot of things, and that includes modern production of the South’s most historically significant crop

Would You Please Spell That? Interesting Place Names in the South

All 16 States of the South

Like so many other places, the South is full of thousands of curious, crazy, hard-to-spell, and sometimes downright hilarious place names. Here are a few favorites.

Weeping and Wondering over the Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson, Missouri

A beautiful park—commemorating one of the darkest events in American history

Tradition and Taste: An Appalachian Christmas Breakfast

Flag Pond, Tennessee; Marshall, North Carolina

In 2013, my 82-year-old mother looked at her Christmas morning plate and said, “I’ve eaten this same meal on this same day for eighty consecutive years.”

Beating the Southern Plantation History Odds: Pebble Hill Plantation, Georgia

Thomasville, Georgia

Unlike most other antebellum homes, Pebble Hill Plantation has only seen blue skies and sunny weather. It’s like Biltmore, only it’s not a castle and it’s in the piney woods of southwestern Georgia instead of the mountains of North Carolina.

Mountain Cornbread: As It Should Be

Madison County, North Carolina

This “new way” to do cornbread showed up over a hundred years ago, but it’s the old way and the only way for some

Land Between the Lakes: The Elk and Bison Prairie

Golden Pond, Kentucky

With 170,000 acres of forested and open land between two massive lakes, this largest inland peninsula in the nation is home to a lot of happy wildlife, as you can well imagine

Florida’s Maritime Heritage Trail: Go See If You Can Find It

Coastal Florida

Twenty years ago Florida created a “concept trail” to showcase the state’s historic dependence on the sea—who doesn’t get a kick out of hunting up a shipwreck or two or a lighthouse or a fort?

Noble in Character, Worthy in Deed: Uncle Cal and His Famous Racehorses

Lexington, Kentucky

Owner of both Exterminator and Merrick, Cal Milam may have been shrewd about racehorses, but he had a big heart

By Dawn’s Early Light: A Visit to God’s Acre

Bethania, North Carolina

Discover the magic of an eeaaarly morning Moravian Easter service in the Winston-Salem of a half-century ago

Beauty on the Beast: Paducah’s Flood Wall Murals

Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah’s flood wall was doing a great job keeping water out, but boy, was it utilitarian. No worries. Paducah’s finest and brightest knew how to make it one of the most beautiful features in town.