Cathy Wood is a freelance writer, editor and columnist focusing on Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. She also is the media manager for the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and a writing coach/adjunct faculty member at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. For more than 10 years she was a features writer and columnist for the TimesDaily, in Florence, after starting there in 1997 as an advertorial writer and then as a clerk. Her writing appeared in many newspapers across the country through the New York Times Regional Newspapers Group. She specializes in style, books, food, decorating, shopping, entertaining, history, local personalities and arts. Her weekly column for the TimesDaily was about her often-chaotic but never-boring life and the shenanigans (does anybody use that word anymore?) of her two 20-something daughters, four cats, two dazzlingly cute grandsons and her husband, John L. Pitts, a newspaper sports editor who is kind and well-meaning but often befuddled about such things as women’s shoes and which day to take out the garbage. She continues that column at her blog, Coffee with Cathy — although now her daughters are in/nearing their 30s and she has three dazzlingly cute grandsons but only one (insert sad face) cat. She also writes book reviews, fashion columns and other features for local magazines. In addition, she writes online content for design & marketing companies and creates & produces publicity for non-profits. She dipped her (monthly pedicured) toes into the blogging world several years ago in hopes of becoming rich & famous. She’s still hoping — but having a blast in the meantime. She’s a 1979 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she was editor of the school newspaper, Sidelines. She also worked at the Manchester Times, in Manchester, Tennessee, and the Daily-Post Athenian, in Athens, Tennessee. Email cathylwood@gmail.com

—  Edited by John Lewis Pitts

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Cathy:

    Thank you so much for your kind words and comments about Ketchup restaurant at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville, AL.

    Your comments are invaluable tools that we use to make every aspect of dining with us extraordinary and memorable. Serving guest like you reminds us of the challenge of keeping our service fresh, new and exciting.

    Have you had a chance to dine at Dolce Entoeca, our sister restaurant–also located at Bridge Street Town Centre?

    We’d love to have you try Dolce and write a similar review.

    Please call me to discuss.

    Sam Rubin
    Dolce Group

  2. Hello, Cathy. I have to tell you I really do have my coffee break with you every day at work. I LOVE your site. It’s like visiting with family every day. I live and work in Northeast, MS

    I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

  3. Myra — Thank you for reading and taking the time to let me know. That means so much! I appreciate it more than you know, and I hope your family has great holidays, too.

  4. Cathy,
    I live at Pickwick Dam, TN, and enjoy having a coffee break with you in the Tupelo Daily Journal. Hope you can write about Pickwick and our new Raise the Flag cookbook called “Served on a Pickwick Platter.” It is on sale at the Pickwick Landing State Park Inn this week end during Christmas in the Park’s Holiday Mart. It is an historic and culinary collection including the Shoals. Have a Merry Christmas.

  5. Bettie — Thanks so much for the kind words. Your cookbook sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it out. The Pickwick park is an underappreciated treasure — more people should come visit to see what a great place it is.

  6. Hi Cathy. Our family is thinking of moving to the Shoals area from PA and I’m wondering if you can email me and tell me how you like living there. I and a writing instructor at a local collage and a professional tutor. My husband is also in academia and we have an 11 year old daughter and a big Basset Hound. I’m curious to know if you think “transplants” are welcome there. We would like to plant roots south of the Mason Dixon line. Love your blog!

    Best wishes,


  7. Hey Cathy,

    Doing web search on Blue Smoke Coffee and see you received some of our beans for Easter. Hope you enjoyed it.

    It was fun to see your picture of your Easter basket gifts, with Blue Smoke in the background.

    Thank you so much for including our web-site link in your post, we appreciate it greatly.

    Take care,

    Owner/Roaster – Blue Smoke Coffee

  8. hi cathy,I wasn’t quite sure where to ask this question? so i hope this is an appropriate spot! I’m curious as to if you have the dimensions needed to make that adorable dragon rocker? Would be greatly appreciated thanks:)

  9. Cathy,
    You are the bright spot in my newspaper reading each week. I truly enjoy it each week and go straight to the Life section when the Friday paper comes. So glad I found this site through facebook. Keep up the great entertainment and have a blessed day.

  10. Hi Cathy
    I commented on an old post and thought I’d leave you a message here too as I’m trying to identify the designer of a dress you posted for spring weddings from last season. Love the fuchsia sleeveless dress and am now on a mission to uncover the designer, looks maybe like Celine but not sure.

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