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The Lady is a Tramp: Six months on the road


(Dec. 16, 2016) -- Six months ago today, I adopted a bonded pair of pups from the Friends of the Jackson Animal Shelter in Mississippi. Pinkie, the black female, was approximately three years old, and Rocket, the tan male, was about eight months old. We couldn’t be happier. Here’s a little update on my furry family.

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The Lady is a Tramp: Sorta-lyzed for your protection


(Nov. 10, 2016) — I have been a neat-nik most of my life, which for me also means being a clean freak. Having pets kept me from becoming a hermetically sealed germaphobe; there’s only so much clean you can accomplish when you live with animals.

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The Lady is a Tramp: If I should die before I wake


(Nov. 3, 2016) -- When I lived in a sticks and bricks, I lived alone. I joked that if I died at home on a Friday, no one would know until Monday morning, when I did not report for work. But hey, at least someone would miss me before the domesticated critters started feeding on my carcass!

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The Lady is a Tramp: Tennessee tranquility


(Oct. 20, 2016) -- In 12 months I have criss-crossed my way through the western and southern United States, landing in Tennessee more than once. There was that great trip to Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills over Memorial Day weekend, and I spent a week in Memphis.

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The Lady is a Tramp: Card-carrying member


(Oct. 13, 2016) -- I love taking photos of vintage neon signs. One of my favorite things to do in a new town is to drive its old highways and byways – thoroughfares that existed before interstates and freeways – looking for old diners and motor hotels. Nowadays those routes are generally in industrial, run-down areas. Many times there isn’t so much as a fast food restaurant for a pitstop.

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The Lady is a Tramp: The Great Smoky Mountains and the dreadful trinity of surrounding towns


(Oct. 10, 2016) -- Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is at the base of The Great Smoky Mountains, just a few miles from the entrance to the national park, along with the Sevier County towns of Sevierville and Gatlinburg. Driving south along Parkway (yes, its uninspired name really is just “Parkway”), you’ll hit Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and GSM National Park, in that order.

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The Lady is a Tramp: One year on the road, in photos


(Oct. 3, 2016) -- One year later, I have driven over 14,000 miles and have visited 21 states (not counting Washington, where I am from, and states I merely drove through) and Mexico. Here are some of my favorite moments, memories, and photos from the last year.

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The Lady is a Tramp: Cutting the cable cord


(July 12, 2016) -- And so it went with many notions when I moved into Nellie. Take cable: I imagined a life so full of sightseeing and meeting people and writing that I would have no time to watch television.

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The Lady is a Tramp: Deep cuts


(July 4, 2016) -- On vacation in my prior life, I wanted to pound the pavement, fold and refold the map until it was unreadable, argue with taxi drivers, and suck the marrow out of the city. Memphis and Savannah are two very good examples of my frenetic vacation pace.

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