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A Southerner’s Back-to-School Pep Talk

Back in my day, we had 3 months of summer break. So, when I say, “I can’t believe it’s time to go back to school, already” I really can’t! It’s so hot in August. Summer is not over. And worst of all, there’s still plenty of daylight left for swimming, kite-flying and bike-riding. But, mommas… Read More About This!

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Posting Letters

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Posting letters. I love the sound of those two words. It sounds so much more English than “mailing a letter.” I’m a romantic at heart and I love the thought of a postman carrying a satchel filled with postcards from all over the world. It’s sweet to see a package marked fragile hanging out of a mailbox and… Read More About This!

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The Value of a Handwritten Note

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Emily Dickinson once wrote something that describes the value of a handwritten note: When was the last time you received a handwritten note? Are you like me and felt someone had brought you the sunset in a cup? Did you want to leap like new morning and thank the weaver of the “breadths of blue”… Read More About This!

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The Secrets to Preserving Southern Racism

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Sharing the Secrets of Preserving Southern Racism I have just finished reading The Letter I Never Sent Harper Lee . In this “letter” the author compares the racism of the 1930’s with that of today and says it is no different. I am outraged that a Ohioan who claims Birmingham, Alabama is her home is so cold… Read More About This!

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How to RSVP the Southern Way

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The good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I will be there! Here in the south, it is part of our heritage to tend to our manners, and that includes responding to invitations. It is simple, takes less than 5 minutes and shows our friends that we care about their get-together. There are only 3 things to remember… Read More About This!

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Pitchin’ a Hissy Fit

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I’ve heard the phrase “hissy fit” all of my life. Most of the time, I’ve heard it used to refer to a woman who has an unreasonable temper tantrum. It’s also said here in the south that a woman doesn’t “have” a hissy fit, but she pitches or throws one. You will also hear southerners say, “there’s no need… Read More About This!

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A Gentleman Doesn’t Cuss His Date in Public

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J and I went to dinner tonight at the #2 restaurant on TripAdvisor’s list of restaurants in Fairhope, AL. We ordered a glass of wine and some eggplant fries and waited for our meal to arrive. This is a favorite place of ours, but we’d not been there in a long time. We were looking… Read More About This!

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How to Love Difficult People

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Down here in the heart of Dixie where our family and friendship roots run deep, you’d never dream that we sometimes have trouble getting along with each other. Forgetting the Hatfield clan with a patriarch by the name of “Devil Anse;” for the most part we are a civil society. Still, we do encounter people… Read More About This!

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How to Take the Headache Out of Tipping

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Mr. Dixie and I love to eat out. For the longest time, we had a favorite restaurant and with it, a favorite waitress. Her name was Anna and we loved her for many reasons. She was, of course, a great waitress, always getting our food and drinks in the most timely manner; but more than… Read More About This!

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Yes Ma’am and No Sir

You can tell immediately when a child or young adult was raised in a southern home. To answer an adult with either “yes ma’am” or “no sir” demonstrates respect for authority and elders. Southern civility may be living on life support, but there are still a few who hope that by instilling these manners into their children, that grace and… Read More About This!

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