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Old Try

Garden & Gun.

Eight months ago, when we started Old Try, I said to Marianna “Well, if we get into Garden & Gun, we must be doing something right.”

As of this windy Saturday morning, we're on the top left of the homepage.

Now, I think this is a great opportunity to look towards the heavens, point skyward, then slap my chest while I scream aloud.

Because, you see, I actually accomplished a goal. 

It wasn't without...

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The local paper.

In this age where you can make blogs all around the world, it really is something to make the local paper.

Our neighbors saved a paper copy and gave it to us, cause when it went live on the internet, I didn't even know we had a real printed paper in the town.

It was in a converted tobacco factory in North Carolina where advertising professionals Micah and Marianna Whitson first met — a fact that...

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Back Down South.

Get on over to Back Down South, one of my favorite blogs of late.

It was started somewhat recently by Mrs. Fontenot and her husband (who is forever forgiven for being a LSU grad) in the mountains of North Georgia, and has really caught fire since. 

I'm tickled that I'm on therefor last Friday, with my letter sweater that Marianna made for me a few years back. Every Friday during the season she...

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Getting our Bearings.


Wow. We made it on Bearings Guide.

Oh, you happen to not know what Bearings is? Well, just the finest curation of what all is going on in the South, specifically tailored to the Southern gentlemen. Just the biggest deal since an internet connection.  Started by two men (at least one of whom is a Tar Heel) with great taste and a passion for others with that same taste.

No Big Deal.

From their...

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Enough about us, let's let them talk about us.

Was I aware that Best About Pages was a site? No. Was I aware that we were on it? No. Not until seven minutes ago.

But I reckon with the spread of the URL-As-Content-Descriptor (See: Hoveringartdirectors,, and my personal late favorite, Moustair) I shouldn't be surprised that there is a site out there celebrating the best about pages on the internet.

And to its credit, site is...

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Red Clay.


Woke this morning and paid our Massachusetts sales tax. Big time.

Then I was excited to find that we are featured on Red Clay Soul, which I think is one of the finest curated Southern blogs going. I mean, we're on the same page as Patagonia (one of my former employers), Sid Mashburn(another Ole Miss guy), and the Crimson Tide. What about that won't make a fellow blush as he sips his fair-trade...

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A true Gentleman.

You know, that phrase is so wrought with baggage.

One of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, speaks of a gentleman. And I can't hear that word and not think about this:
The word gentlemanoriginally meant something recognisable; one who had a coat of arms and some landed property. When you called someone "a gentleman" you were not paying him a compliment, but merely stating a fact. If you said he was...

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We were flattered last week to find a post written up about us from some folks over in Surrey in the UK.

They are called BiroRobot and they make delightful illustrations and print from their brains all the way to paper. They were starting up at the same time as us and were so kind just to write about us. Man. Crazy.

As Marianna spent time working in London after getting her letters and studied...

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A month.

Well, it's been a month since we started selling.

And to cap off a great 30 days Mr. Reed of A Trip Down South wrote up a nice post on us. Go there if you'd like to see some more sneak peeks of what we're working on / where we're working on it.

And, while I'm not one to reminisce so soon, I'm going to tell you we've had one heck of a month.

The best part is the support we've gotten from folks.


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