Lisa Lakey

Lisa Lakey is a freelance writer living in central Arkansas with her husband and two children. She considers herself a true Southern girl who loves humid summers, cowboy boots, fried green tomatoes, and SEC Football.

7 of the Best: Where to Eat in Houston

Houston, Texas

The fourth most populous city in the nation, Houston has a gazillion dining choices. Need help narrowing it down? Here are seven of the most spectacular.

Louisiana: The Pelican State

Louisiana: The Pelican State

Louisiana

Pelicans have been a symbol of this Southern state since the days of early explorers, but the 1960’s saw a decline and near extinction in the beloved bird of the Pelican State.

Every Angler’s Tale: The Story of Forrest L. Wood and Ranger Boats

Flippin, Arkansas

From one little Ozark mountain town came the boat of many a fisherman’s dreams—all it took was for one Ozark fisherman to turn the dream into a reality

Ma Rainey, Mother of the Blues

Columbus, Georgia

Defying the odds, Ma Rainey laid a foundation for all the blues-singing women who followed in her wide wake

The Caviar of the South: Pimento Cheese

Georgia

This cheese and sweet pepper combination has been touted as one of the South’s most traditional dishes, but its origins may come as a surprise.

A Southern Easter: White Shoes, Dogwood Blooms, and Egg Hunts on the Courthouse Lawn

Easter in the South may look a lot like Easter everywhere, but then again, as in other things, it has always had its own distinctives too

Irish Sports, Southern Twang

Nashville, Tennessee

If you traveled the globe you wouldn’t likely see a group of Southerners playing Irish sports with the Parthenon as a backdrop. Unless you’re at Centennial Park in Nashville, that is.

Oklahoma: The Sooner State

Oklahoma

Settlers laying a claim sooner rather than later in the Land Rush of 1889 left behind a nickname and a legacy in the would-be state.

Flying Above It All: The Story of Bessie Coleman

Atlanta, Texas

In the early days, women didn’t fly; and it was thought that a black woman never would. But all that was before Bessie Coleman came along.

10 Interesting Facts About George Washington

Mount Vernon, Virginia

While the larger-than-life man doesn’t live up to every legend surrounding his life and presidency, there are still plenty of fascinating facts about the Father of Our Country.

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Two)

Clarksville, VA; Murfreesboro, TN; Calvert County, MD; Lexington, KY

While they grew with roots deep in Southern soil, these First Ladies understood all too well that a title could not protect them from the hardships life dealt in Washington

Move Over, Colonel: The Best Fried Chicken in the South

Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Mason, TN; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA

No, Colonel, you didn’t make our list, but we sincerely hope you would approve of our roundup of some of the best fried chicken in the South