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Southern Talk

“The past is not dead. It isn't even past.”
- William Faulkner

“Southerners have a genius for psychological alchemy. If something intolerable simply cannot be changed, driven away or shot they will not only tolerate it but take pride in it as well.”
- Florence King

“I'm Southern and I know neurotic behavior.”
- Faye Dunaway

“The Southerner always tended to believe with his blood rather than his intellect.”
- Marshall Frady

“I like the South because of the people. They are loyal. Once they love a team, they're fans forever.”
- Dominique Wilkins

“Because I was born in the South, I'm a Southerner. If I had been born in the North, the West or the Central Plains, I would be just a human being.”
- Clyde Edgerton

“Everyone from the South knows who Jefferson Davis was, and this is one thing that distinguishes the South from other parts of the country.”
- William F. Buckley

“I suggest that the true Southland is that territory within which, when asked by an outsider whether he is a Southerner, the reply almost invariably is "Hell, yes!" This "Hell, yes" line has the advantage of eliminating the ambivalent wishy washy fringes, and leaving the unquestionably defiant, hard-core Southland.”
- Hamilton C. Horton, Jr.

“Southerners make such good novelists; they have so many good stories because they have so much family.”
- Gore Vidal

“Anyone with a lick of sense knows that you can't make good barbeque and comply with the health code.”
- John Edgerton

“My mother's people, the people who captured my imagination when I was growing up, were of the Deep South - emotional, changeable, touched with charisma and given to histrionic flourishes. They were courageous under tension and unexpectedly tough beneath their wild eccentricities, for they had an unusually close working agreement with God. They also had an unusually high quota of bullshit.”
- Willie Morris

“Next to fried food, the South has suffered most from oratory.”
- Walter Hines Page

“True grits, more grits,
fish, grits, and collards;
life is good where
grits are swallered.”
- Roy Blount, Jr.

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~October '03 Featured Articles~

October Special! Must read!

Bennie Wright: Mississippi doc in Afghanistan

~~And more great reading for October~~

The Delta
by Mavis Turner

“Coming to the Mississippi Delta in 1939 was like coming to a foreign land.” Mavis Turner’s son, Joe Lee Turner, shares his mother’s memoirs and letters. Fascinating history -- and beautifully told.

Tennessee Aquarium
by Sheila Moss

With time on her hands, Moss decides to go visit the fishies, and what a glorious afternoon it was. Shelia’s web site is not called for nothing!

My Pa
by William D. Bennett

Read this and understand why southern family ties are so strong. Stationed in South Korea with the U. S. military, Bennett shares this heartwarming essay with USADS readers.

Titillating Books for Pregnant Dads
by Charles Dowdy

Dowdy comes down in hilarious fashion on the stacks of books besieging poor pregnant daddies -- just more stuff for males to juggle during nine long months. Uh huh.

High Heels Get the Pitcheroo
by Beth Boswell Jacks

Ask any woman. Nothing on God’s green earth hurts worse than those blame high heeled shoes. How can a few inches of heel turn a mild-mannered lady into a lunatic? If one has to ask, one clearly is not female.

Tchula Line
by Don Drane

“There are some things I can’t write long as Momma’s alive,” says Drane. But we’re glad he sent us this moving story.

Greasepit Grammar: Inertia can get you
by Gene Owens

Gene Owens is the most entertaining teacher of English grammar Ye Editor has ever come upon in all her born days. Readers learn while they’re chuckling. Don’t miss Gene’s brief, effective, amusing Greasepit Grammar articles. Terrific writing!

by Kent Fletcher

We think Kent Fletcher can contemplate more while sitting under the spreading boughs of a tree than most anybody we know. You’ll feel the breeze.

Uncle Willie Gets Masseused
by Asa Sparks

Well, heeeeere’s Uncle Willie once more. Based on a real live, shootin’ tootin’ pal of Asa’s, Uncle Willie’s getting rubbed. And good.

News and Weather Foibles
by Betty W. Beamguard

Betty Beamguard, being the outspoken Carolina gal she is, has got much to say about our fine southern news and weather folks. Miz Betty makes Ye Editor grin like a Cheshire!

Good Ol’ Days
by Tom Givens

My, how the judge can take us back in time. Here he explores the good ol’ days of no indoor plumbing, no electricity, no . . . Hold on. Where’s he goin’ with this?

Just Like Boys
by Eva Braswell

Here’s an excerpt from Eva Braswell’s book Little Willie, a book that answers the question: “How did our great grandparents live?” Braswell is in her 80’s and has lived with the same man 61 years. This lady is worth listening to, yes?

Colored Jeans
by Barbara Robinson

How fast those little ones grow up and leave us. Robinson yearns to hang those colored jeans on the line just one more time.

Southern books: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Review by Augusta Russel Scattergood

Gusty shares information about an outstanding touring quilt exhibit and an accompanying book. Don’t miss this interesting account of the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and their quilting art.


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Penny A Pop -- Chris D. Cox
Sweet Home -- Jim Goudelock
Bowled Over By All Y’all -- John Lowe
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Poems -- Bonnie B. Horton
Southern Girl in Shanghai -- Jennifer Morgan

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