I don’t know if they ever served cinnamon twist doughnuts at the Peoples Cafe in Jackson, MS. Initially, I imagined that whole scene inside an old-time Krispy Kreme, with the vinyl swivel stools and low-slung coffee counter. My dad used to take me to the one on the main drag in Florence, SC when I was a little girl.

I always chose a cinnamon twist doughnut.

The Peoples Cafe was an accident. I went to Jackson’s main street to scope out the train/bus station. I saw the boarded up restaurant, the faded sign, and I knew where Merry and Em would land.

I hope it isn’t Merry’s fault the place is closed.

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parnassusI have a final announcement: Parnassus Books, a Nashville powerhouse independent bookstore, is hosting an event for me on April 3 at 6:30pm. Parnassus is one of the largest indy bookstores in the Southeast. I was slogging through the last mile of a day when I got word, and I think I flew to the finish. If you’re in the Nashville area (and if I know where you live, expect an invite), please come out to Parnassus and meet me on the last day of my walk. I’d love to see you there.

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