Column

Whoever is leaving random bowls of mashed potatoes in Mississippi … call me

This is an excerpt of "Whoever is leaving random bowls of mashed potatoes in Mississippi … call me," this week's column on SouthernThing.com. To read the full column now, click here, or click the link at the bottom of the excerpt. An anonymous benefactor in Mississippi is being labeled as mysterious and odd but I… Continue reading Whoever is leaving random bowls of mashed potatoes in Mississippi … call me

Column, Southern Stuff

How do you say ‘Vienna’ sausage? We have our own way in the South

This week's column on how to pronounce "Vienna sausage"is excerpted below. To read the full column on SouthernThing.com, click here, or click the link at the end of the excerpt. I was an adult when I realized that Vienna sausages were named for the famous city in Austria. You know, Vee-in-ah. That’s because, as a… Continue reading How do you say ‘Vienna’ sausage? We have our own way in the South

Column

‘Ma’am’ and ‘sir’ offensive? We have a politeness crisis, y’all

The excerpt below is from a column that originated on It's a Southern Thing. Click the link at the bottom to read the full column or go ahead and click here now. Southerners, we have a problem. There are people in the world who are telling us we shouldn’t call people “ma’am” and “sir,” which… Continue reading ‘Ma’am’ and ‘sir’ offensive? We have a politeness crisis, y’all

Column

Life is too short to wear bad bras and other things you learn in middle age

The excerpt below is from a column originally published on SouthernThing.com. To read the full column, click here or click the link at the end of the excerpt. Mamas are full of great advice – how would we make it through childhood without it? We grew up knowing things like how to act in public… Continue reading Life is too short to wear bad bras and other things you learn in middle age

Column

I don’t mind being called Sweetie or Honey … or Schmootzie Pie

Following is an excerpt of a column on the South's love of edible endearments originally posted on SouthernThing.com. To read the column in full, click here or click the link at the end of the excerpt. Come over here and give me some sugar. Not that kind, y’all. I’m talking about the kind we in… Continue reading I don’t mind being called Sweetie or Honey … or Schmootzie Pie