Stories Abound in Powder Town
There's more to the southern Cobb County city than what initially meets the eye.
"The universe is made of stories, not atoms," says poet Muriel Rukeyser. And so is Powder Springs.
From the legendary superspy who ran a counterterrorism school in our town to the fellow who built an airplane in his yard out of shopping carts, Powder Springs holds lots of untold stories—both past and present. Once a month, I'll use this space to tell you a good and local tale.
I've been enjoying our stories since moving here in 2002 and becoming involved in the Seven Springs Historical Society and Museum. I started as a weekend volunteer at the museum and ended up writing the town's photo history in Images of America Powder Springs (available from downtown merchants, the museum and national retailers).
It helps that I live downtown in a wonderfully creaky and aged house. And I'm within easy walking distance of three old cemeteries. Forget the Silver Comet Trail—I'd much rather immerse myself in history while getting some exercise. There are no bicyclists to dodge in the boneyards.
Some of you might know me as the author of The Cracker Queen—A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life. The book was published in hardback in 2009 and released as a paperback in 2010.
Although my agent and publicist urged me to have my book launch events in Atlanta, I insisted on holding them in my small town, the place that nurtured the writing of the book in the first place. Many chapters were drafted and revised at the Waffle House on Florence Road and over tomato pie at Tea at Seven Springs.
It's easy to overlook the intriguing people and places here. Most of us are commuters, and we're so busy that we don't see what is right in front of our eyes.
I know a resident who drove through the downtown business district (basically Marietta Street) twice a day for 11 years, yet never set foot inside any of the businesses there. I hope to share stories that make us all want to reconnect to our community. And I invite you to send me your ideas.
In particular, these kinds of stories strike my fancy:
I'm fascinated by the kinds of folks who don't normally capture the limelight. I like real people. I like flawed people who still manage to do good or use their talents in interesting ways. I write about those who would not otherwise be heard.
Unusual Acts of Kindness
I agree with novelist Leo Tolstoy that "kindness is a necessary addition to everything." I'd love to hear from you if you know of a kind deed that deserves attention.
The Curious or the Unexplained
I delight in tales of the odd, the contrary or just plain inexplicable. Please let me know of any local conundrums or curiosities that bear further examination.
Let's explore Powder Springs together. There's no telling what we'll turn up.
Lauretta Hannon, an author who was called the funniest woman in Georgia by Southern Living magazine, is a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.