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Jul.23.2013
Working in a library, you hear all manner of things!  It is better than being a bartender or a hairdresser.  I know.  You think libraries are quiet, sublime little retreats from the world filled with books and little, wizened, old librarians.  Obviously, you have not...
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Jul.22.2013
When I was a girl and we would venture out into the big wide world, we would, as all Southerners do, answer any question, join in any conversation, or give advice in the form of a story that we pulled from our own or our relatives lives.  I find that as an adult, I STILL cannot do any of the...
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Jul.18.2013
Summer in the South moves at a slower pace.  The heat is oppressive as in many places, but the humidity, Dear Baby Jesus!! The humidity makes walking outside feel like breathing underwater while on perfectly good land! One of the greatest past times in a Southern summer is the inventive...
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May.16.2013
Southernisms.  I am sure there are Northernisms but I was born and bred in the South and have no idea what those would be.  To be fair, my ears are used to the slow and sweet molasses sound of the South.  It took years of practice for those ears to catch up to the fast paced, chopped...
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May.12.2013
Since today is Mother's Day, I wanted to write a little bit about the wholely unique creature, the Southern Mother.  Mothers everywhere are grand, but mothers in the South are a breed all of their own.  First of all, they are not usually mothers, they are mamas or mommas.  These...
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May.06.2013
Growing up in the South, by the time you could talk fairly well and listen just a little bit, you could immediately tell another Southerner.  The phrases they used, the slow, melodious speech, and the ever present PTA smile gave it away every time!  In case you don't know what a PTA smile...
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Feb.05.2013
It just so happens that today my beloved Kelyn (that's my daughter, in case you don't know that fact)  came in talking about school and used another of my favorite Southernisms in her description of the day's events.  This set my mind to thinking (as minds in the South are liable to do)...
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Jan.20.2013
Growing up in the rural south, there are more phrases and sayings embedded in your life than you can shake a stick at!  In the south, we like to say things a bit more melodiously, a little slower, and never directly to the point.  The musical lilt and slow manner that all conversations...
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Jan.11.2013
My daughter has possibly some of the most beautiful hair on the face of the planet.  She always has had.  It is thick, long, curly and is a coffee with cream color sporting beautiful natural golden highlights.   The problem with hair like this is that people want to touch it......
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Dec.16.2012
Kelyn.  She is unique.  She has the quickest wit of anyone I have ever known.  She also has a way of bungling words that then become a part of the fabric of our daily lives.  You never know what she is going to say or how she will say it.  I needed a lift in my mood tonight...
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Nov.28.2012
Words.  My mind is full of them today. I can't escape the torrential flood of words rolling through my mind. Some good like delicious, some not as good like afraid, but all parts of me.  I love the written word and the spoken word.  The beauty of both remind me of fiery red...
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Nov.27.2012
The profound statements that come out of my youngest child's mouth still astound me after 13 years.  The past two days have brought two particularly enlightened statements to be coming from a 13 year old.  Her father is...not around at present.  He is not a horrible human, just...
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Nov.23.2012
The winds of change blow through our lives at the most unexpected times.  You see no approaching storm, no clouds holding possiblity.  The day appears to be as normal as any other day.  Then out of the north, a wind of such magnitude that it knocks you down, blows the laundry off of...
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Nov.21.2012
Today as the holidays come jingling into our lives again, I ponder the gifts I have given my children throughout my 23 years as a mother.  During a conversation with a friend, I realized that I had given my children the two simple gifts I had wanted them to have most while they were ...
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