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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!


Plan a Mother-Daughter Trip to Nashville

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I received a very sweet gift for Mother’s Day from my daughter. She planned a trip to Nashville for the two of us on her two off days and… off we went. A Pun-Filled Trip This trip was priceless. We laughed, we learned and we lounged. We had a pun time together. Yep, it was… Read More About This!


All Fired Up for Fourth of July

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My son and future daughter-in-love are headed to Birmingham over the Fourth of July. I am fired up! It’s time to set a festive table. and “fly” our fourth of July colors… Plan the menu Make a playlist Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen Firework – Katy Perry Made in the USA – Demi Lovato All American… Read More About This!


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!


Fairhope, My Adopted Hometown

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Sometime around 1993 I accompanied my husband to a work conference at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. My son was about 8 years old and my daughter only one. I had the rare opportunity of traveling with J while the kids got a little bonding time with their Granna.  We had a wonderful time… Read More About This!


A Southern Funeral After 100 Years of Life

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A Southern Funeral My husband’s grandmother lived 100 years. As my daughter said in her eulogy, she “saw 36,534 sunrises and 36,534 sunsets with her last being June 3, 2016.” For such a long life, her passing seemed peaceful and her funeral short for 100 years of living. Weddings and funerals are planned for days… Read More About This!


Welcome to Our Porch

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Some of my fondest childhood memories include long talks on my Nanny’s front porch. My cousins and I would swing and tell jokes, rock in the rocking chairs and sometimes eat homemade ice cream on our birthdays. Such sweet times. It was with that in mind, that I decided to update our small front porch to… Read More About This!


12 Girl Birthday Party Ideas

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My children were like most. They were both miracles and as a way to praise God for their lives, each year we had a fun and creative birthday party. They were each fearfully and wonderfully created, so it was important to their dad and I that they knew it from day one. My daughter is… Read More About This!


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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