Six Degrees of Coca-Cola

Six Degrees of Coca-Cola

Acid has burned the shape of a trident into the cement floor. A white etching on the gray warehouse floor. One leaky pallet of Coca-Cola products waiting for disposal. The smell is rancid. Gnats circle. As I am standing on the receiving dock at the Sam’s Club where I...
Wasting Away in Margaritaville Hell

Wasting Away in Margaritaville Hell

Living and Retiring in ¾ Time In the early 1970s, Jimmy Buffet and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina were each stymied by identical situations. Buffet, a Gulf Coast native, was mired in an identity crisis. He definitely wasn’t rock ‘n’ roll, but with novelty songs...
Brains Are the New Black

Brains Are the New Black

The Value of Intelligence in Southern Women’s Wardrobes The airheaded Southern Belle is practically a Jungian Archetype. Long ago, pop culture shrink-wrapped Southern women in tight wholesome packages, saddling them with ideals of propriety and pride in being the...