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‘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

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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

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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

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Southerners fake? What does this Boston columnist know?

A Boston columnist says we're all fake, y'all. The nerve. Read my response in an excerpt below of this week's column from SouthernThing.com.  To read the rest of the full column, click here or click the link at the end of the excerpt. Is there such a thing as being too nice? If there is, you… Continue reading Southerners fake? What does this Boston columnist know?

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When you’re an impatient person in the South

This week's column originates on SouthernThing.com. Below is an excerpt. To read the full column, click here or click the link at the bottom. Everyone in my world knows I have just the teensiest deficit in the patience department. If my life had a theme song, it would be: "Don't care how, I want it now." Veruca… Continue reading When you’re an impatient person in the South