In a song he recorded with Jennifer Nettles of the country band Sugarland, rockstar Jon Bon Jovi asks the question, "Who says you can't go home?" Having lived in Seattle and the Washington, D. C., area, Sherry Volrath has witnessed the stark contrast between country comfort and hectic urban life. From dreaded commutes to living in an area devoid of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Sherry experienced some major adjustments when she left the rural South. The decision to come back home in 2003, however, resulted in Sherry becoming reacquainted with old friends and making new ones. She is now actively involved in her church and employed at Clemson University where she wears a number of hats. Undoubtedly, her return home has enriched the lives of many.
She is my best friend, most ardent supporter and a devoted advisor. In addition to her published contributions, Sherry is of great benefit to Southern Edition because I frequently run new ideas by her first. Also, Sherry and I have a mutual love for the South. We have enjoyed memorable day trips to cities like Atlanta, Greenville and Charleston. We both especially love to explore historical sites and pore over antiques shops. My biggest problem with our excursions is that I am always looking for a story. Just as opinionated as myself, Sherry is quite vocal and thinks I should be able to go somewhere just for the fun of it. She insists everything doesn't have to turn into an article . . . to which I reply, "Why not?"