Saddle Up! 2021 Summer Horse Camp! Reserve Your Kid's Happy Place Today!

For the Love of Horses Harvin Carter is a dreamer with vision.  With that vision is an unrelenting aspiration to make dreams become a reality.  Newell Lodge is the culmination of a daydream and his…


Mothers Know Everything: A Case of Forbidden Love

As a teenager, I was bored to tears listening to my elders as they reminisced of days forever gone.  Memories resurface, and I’m sitting at the kitchen table with those “boring” people as they share…


Microwave Replacement

Today, sprigs of green are peeping out of the earth, pushing aside the tired and frazzled burnt-brown grass. Like a connect the dots puzzles, they form a clear picture: spring has finally arrived.…


What kind of Valentine’s Dazzler Are You?

The signal is clear: Christmas decorations are down. Valentine’s Day decorations are up. Even the most relationship-challenged among us know it is time to start preparing for the most romantic day of…


A World War II Romance and a True Story of Love Everlasting

An old love story. “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” - Colossians 3:14 World War II was coming to an end. The handsome soldier was home for a…


Santa's Got Nothing on Me! Confessions of a Chronic List Maker

“Making a list and checking it twice.”  Santa Claus has nothing on me, the chronic lister.  Picture Santa, a twinkle in his eye, red pencil in hand, checking his infamous list and smiling as he…


Chicken and Dumplings

Any Southern cook worth her salt has a treasured cove of favorite Christmas recipes that cannot be found in a conventional cookbook.  Those favorite family recipes spring to life when biting into one…


Got “Cabin Fever?” Ease Your Mind With Our Secret Newell Lodge Remedy

Got “Cabin Fever?”Ease Your Mind With Our Secret Newell Lodge Remedy We exhibit all the symptoms.  Restlessness. Irritability. Loneliness. Quarantined at home. Southerners are falling prey to a…


Chasing Ole Rattler: the True Story of a Racepond Boy and His Dog

To most folks, Rattler appeared to be a run-of-the-mill dog. But to a six-year-old Harvin, Rattler was anything but ordinary.  “There was nothing Ole Rattler wouldn’t chase, except a bear,” Harvin…


The Sandy Path Home: Ecology, Tourism and Newell Lodge after COVID-19

What if the natural world we love so much no longer existed? What if there were no blue skies overhead? No live oak trees or sandy beaches? What if the seasons never changed? I can’t imagine what…