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Tom Lawrence

College Football 2011

COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2011 Most of the teams in the SEC West have eleven games under their belt. LSU and Alabama have consumed the rest of the West in a fairly impressive manner. I realize that LSU still has to play Arkansas and Alabama must face Auburn on the […]

Fifty-Four Years Later

FIFTY-FOUR YEARS LATER Clista Hunter and G.R. Hardin grew up on adjacent farms in Bolivar County, Mississippi. They could see each other’s houses just across some of the best “ice cream “cotton land this side of the Nile. They have been best friends since toddlerhood. The first classmate […]

River Terrace Restaurant

RIVER TERRACE RESTAURANT It has been my experience that Cajun and Creole restaurants located outside of South Louisiana generally fall short of the mark. I felt this apprehension as we entered the River Terrace Restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee. My local friends, who are well traveled and have a […]

In Defense of Grits

IN DEFENSE OF GRITS There are many traditional southern dishes that I wouldn’t touch with a stick. I don’t want to be in the room with chitterlings, nor can I abide mountain oysters or rooster fries. I think buttermilk should be fed to the hogs, or in the […]

Chinaberry Press, LLC

In the spring of 2011, my first book, Delta Days, Tales of the Mississippi Delta was published and introduced to the trade. The book was well received by a regional audience and supported by positive reviews and a summer of book signing events across the southeastern U.S. My […]

Hardy, Arkansas

 When I received the invitation to sign Delta Days at Words and Afterwords in Hardy, I had to look up the little town on a map. I found Hardy just below the Missouri – Arkansas state line in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Even though it is […]

Crook’s Corner Shrimp and Grits

SHRIMP & GRITS AT CROOK’S CORNER CHAPEL HILL, NC Shrimp and grits are the staple of the tidewater and there as many opinions in the Carolina’s about their relative quality as they are opinions about BBQ in Memphis. I happen to like both shrimp and grits, separately or […]