Inspiring Mitch…

Today…Bertha…wants to spotlight…our friend…G Mitchell Baker…he’s a very talented writer…in several genres…who…just happens to have moved to our neck of the woods…so…we were able to spend the day with him…

One frequently asked question for authors is…where do you find your inspiration…but…rather than ask him that question…Bertha…decided to just pay attention…and figure it out for herself…and…it didn’t take her very long…

Interestingly…for Mitch…any and everything…seems to provide inspiration and novel lines…his main criteria is that it be original and interesting…and…we all know…that describes…life in the South…to a tee…

So…what did he find to be interesting during our outing…and what can we expect to find…nestled in his upcoming books…

Kudzu…I guess they don’t have a lot of it in…New Mexico…or…Canada…although…we could ship them a ton of it…and it would never be missed…

Tennis Shoe TreeBertha…is still petitioning to have it declared the…Eighth Wonder of the World…or at least…a shrine…

Sipsey Wilderness…could there really be areas that haven’t been inhabited for over a hundred years…

A car horn blaring on a quiet Sunday morning…kinda…sorta…like the tree falling in the forest…but not really…

A train crossing a river bridge…hmmm…that could go almost anywhere…pun intended…

Thankfully…as I mentioned…he writes in several genres…including a critically acclaimed paranormal series…Lethal Believers…contemporary fiction series…Emerson…upcoming releases…Young Adult Science Fiction series…ANNT…and…in Young Adult…Soccer Tommies Baseball Mommies…there always seems to be a story rumbling around in his head…and all of this Southern inspiration…will be put to good use…

Be sure to check out his books on Amazon…and…see…if maybe…just maybe…you can guess what his inspiration has been…until now…and…maybe…just maybe…Bertha…will show up on his page…

Well…stranger things have happened…he does write fiction…

Jane

The Celebrated Tennis Shoe Tree of Cherokee, Alabama…

We were traveling to Memphis a few years back…minding our own business…when Bertha started to yelp and shout…pointing to the side of the road…and there it was…in all its glory…The Celebrated Tennis Shoe Tree of Cherokee, Alabama




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As you can imagine…nothing could be more exciting for a couple of confirmed shoe freaks…than finding a tree sporting dozens of pairs…right out in the middle of the country…
Bertha says it’s the shoe lover’s equivalent of Mecca…she actually gets misty-eyed when we drive by…and…yes…we usually have to stop so she can pay reverence to the latest pumps, brogans, moccasins, high-tops…low-tops…and baby booties…
There’s even one pair of purple high-heels whose origins I have my suspicions about…but I’m not asking…and she’s not telling…
Now…this isn’t going to be one of those heavy blogs…the only contemplation needed here is…how did that first pair of sneakers get in that tree…did the tree suddenly sprout them…did someone throw their shoes out the window of a speeding car…was it an initiation prank…and why that particular tree…there are thousands of trees along that stretch of road…
In searching for answers…enquiring minds and all that stuff…I still love Google…I found that there are similar trees all across the country…most of them are considered to be landmarks…some are even tourist attractions…who knew…but mostly their origins were just as mysterious as ours…
Well…Bertha says…some questions are best unanswered anyway…let everyone form their own opinion…hers is…drumroll…please…they fell out of Santa’s sleigh…and the elves are busy making more for this year…
Jane