Paula Deen in happier times
I'll admit it right here: I've always liked Paula. If you watch her on television, she seems to exude qualities which most people appreciate: openness, joyfulness, self-deprocating humor and a love of family.
When I was on my sailing adventure, I read her 2010 autobiography "It Ain't All About he Cookin'," which I picked up in a book exchange in Panama.
I learned that Paula was born into humble beginnings and raised in Georgia,
where she still lives. She is from the "Say-Outh" (with two syllables).
I mean, she's got a son named Bubba!
Now, I've never been to Georgia, but I've seen it on TV.
When Kathy Griffin spent a few days at Paula's Georgia home for her "B List" show, hilarity ensued. The fact that these two seemed to genuinely get along and love each other despite coming from completely different worlds (to say the least!) cemented my image of Paula as open, non-judgemental and down to earth.