From A Mississippi Poet

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In the spring, I had an unexpected offer to review two books of poetry by an author from my home state of Mississippi. I was and still am so flattered that someone would ask me to review their work and post a review online. I have to admit along with the surge of excitement also came the weight of realization of “what if.” I worried about what if I disliked the work, what would I say, and then how would I review the work kindly and gently but honestly? Fortunately, that worry was lifted and unfounded as I began to read Patricia Neely-Dorsey’s books of poetry.In his Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke instructs a young writer –

“write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty – describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember.”

This sage advice perfectly captures what Patricia Neely-Dorsey has accomplished in her work. For those from Mississippi, a sense of home and place will resonate strongly in the words and take you to the front porch, the church potluck, to musings about Elvis, and even to the budding of love. But, I believe her words transcend beyond the borders of our state and reach any who feel a connection to their home, to a simple life filled with the love of place, family, and friends as well as those who are curious about what it means to be southern.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey is a woman who cares deeply for her home state and is a reflection and vocal proponent of showcasing Mississippi’s finer points. She is the recipient of the title Official Goodwill Ambassador of Mississippi by Governor Phil Bryant and one of her newer poems (not included in these two books), Meet My Mississippi, is being considered for selection as the official state poem. Her poem, Country Living, below, is included in a textbook for high school students in Germany learning English as a second language.

From Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia:

Country Living

It’s grassroots.

It’s simple.

It’s basic, not plush.

Uncomplicated.

Uncluttered.

Unhurried.

Unrushed.

It’s relaxed.

Unpolluted.

Unequaled.

Unmatched.

From My Magnolia Memories and Musings:

Them Blues

Somebody’s always singing

Them Monday Morning blues songs

Them sho’nuff done me wrong songs

Them stayed out all night long songs

Them moaning, groaning love songs

Them bear your heart and soul songs

Them feel it in your bones songs

Them make you weak and strong songs

Them letting go and holding on songs

Them totally yours and mine songs

Them everybody knows songs…

We ALL love them blues…songs

One of my favorites is about reading but has a twist. From Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia:

Avid Reader

I want to be

Your favorite book,

That you read

Over and over again,

From cover to cover,

And get lost in the story.

Not a fairy tale.

Not a mystery.

No cliff hangers.

Just

A Plain

Old Fashioned

Love Story

If you love what you’ve just read and would like to learn more about Patricia, check out her website found here. Her books can be purchased on her website or you can also find her on Facebook here.

Blessings,

Mimi

“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:18

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Friday Finds #5

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I’m dropping in for a quick Friday Finds post.  I know I’ve been scarce on the blog lately  but my darling daughter, Catie, has done an awesome job filling in for me.  Soon, I’ll divulge what I’ve been doing.  Click on the pics below for more details of each find.

In case you missed the beginning of Catie’s Cooking Challenge, we had grilled vegetable sandwiches with homemade pesto mayo.  Delicious!

sandwich 1With the holidays coming and cards to be addressed, Jones Design Company comes to the rescue with “How to Create Fake Calligraphy.” Looks do-able!

If calligraphy is too much for you, Wordmark.it is wonderful.  You can compare what you want to say in all of your fonts at one time in order to choose the right one.   — Genius!  Thanks, Just a Girl for sharing!

I could look at these winning photos from the National Geographic Photo Contest all day.

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Winning photo by Marko Korosec

 

Last, but certainly not least, 10 Old School Southern Rules to make those of you from the South smile in remembrance and the rest of you think we’re crazy!     https://i1.wp.com/d3j6r9fi0pmzp0.cloudfront.net/style/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/FI_Southern-Rules.jpgBlessings,

Mimi

“I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words that you meant them to last forever.”  Psalm 119:152  The Message

Eighth Notes and Writing Challenges

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I can hardly believe that October is almost here.  For the last several years, I have participated in a writing challenge during the month of October.  Now that the start date is looming in 6 days, I’m starting to get antsy.  Even now, as I am thinking about what I will write, my foot is tapping staccato eighth notes in allegro.

I have a working topic but I’m struggling with finding the time to actually pull it together.  I’ll announce on Monday. {That’s a great idea; put it off for a few more days -hehehe!}

Until then, if you didn’t get a chance to see my posts from the past two years, you can check them out below.  Just click on either button and it will take you to the 31 Day Series page.  From that location, you can view any or all to your heart’s content.

2012

Day 25 of 31 Days of Books off my Shelf

2013

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See you on Friday for Friday Finds #3!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.”  Psalm 119:66 The Message

Has the South lost it’s identity?

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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As I wrote the posts for this series, I began to ponder:  Have we, the South, lost our identity?   I don’t know if I can fully answer that question.  I know that the South that I experienced as a child is not the South of today.   That being said, I do live in a more urban environment than I did as a child, so perhaps, my impression is slightly altered.

Like everywhere, progress improves some things in a way you wish it didn’t and sometimes, you don’t realize it until, what was there is gone.  Global homogenization.  That’s what the experts call it.  The pundits who watch and assess our culture.

The South has prided itself on being set apart and having it’s own identity.  I’m hoping that we will retain those things that make us unique and not lose the essence of who we are.  I’m, also, hoping that we will continue to let go of those things that have tarnished and damaged us as a culture and move forward stronger than ever.

To celebrate Halloween, I have a blooper video for you today.

We have covered a lot of ground in the last 31 Days.  If you would like to catch up on all the posts in this series from the very beginning, click here.

Thank you, dear reader, for dropping in and spending your precious time with me.  I really appreciate it.  You make my day : )

What’s your take on global homogenization?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”  Matthew 7:15  NIV Bible

Potluck

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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Only one more day and the challenge is over.  I’ve had such a good time sharing my South with you and making videos with my daughter and on occasion, daughter-in-law.  I hope you’ve had fun, too.

Throughout the series, I’d write a post and then realize, I’d forgot to mention something.   The video, today, is a potluck of things I forgot to mention and as diverse as a wonderful church supper on the grounds.  And truth be told, I probably still forgot tons of things.  I guess, you’ll just have to come South and check it out for yourself. : )

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Blessings,

Mimi

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”  2 Thessalonians 3:18 NIV Bible

Family Ties

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When southerners talk about things that are important in their lives, they list faith and family near the top.  Families, in the South, don’t include only the immediate family but all of the extended family, too.   Many grow up knowing all of their relatives on both sides.  I thought I’d show you mine today.

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My daughter and sweet son in law

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They live in Wisconsin — it’s a long way from the South.

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What do you think about the importance of family?

Blessings,

Mimi

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”  Matthew 12:50  NIV Bible

Weddings and Funerals: Southern Style

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I don’t know if southern weddings and funerals are any different than the rest of the country.  They’re big affairs even if they’re small.

Southern weddings have changed, since I was a bride almost 30 years ago, but they still retain many of the traditions.  Typically, the bride’s parents pay for anything associated with the wedding like the dress, the church, flowers and the reception while the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon.  The groom picks out and pays for the rings.  Prior to the wedding, brides register at local stores, have wedding showers and bridal portraits taken.  The wedding, sometimes, includes family traditions like the bride wearing her mother’s veil.  Moms are concerned with the amount of food being enough for the reception and inviting and telling everyone to come so no one is left out.

Obviously for funerals, the focus is different.  When someone dies, everyone brings the family food.  Casseroles, banana bread and chocolate cake are quite often foods taken.  One peculiarity, I think done in the South that is not done other places, is the respect shown towards a funeral procession.  If you are driving down a road and a funeral procession passes, custom is to pull over to the shoulder in respect as the procession goes by.   Much debate on this issue, some believe the practice to be outdated, dangerous and not necessary.  Others feel, depending on the location when encountering the procession, the practice is good manners, respectful and not a problem.

These ladies have written a guide to Delta funerals with recipes.  The book has some really funny moments; particularly, the chapter on who has the best food, the Episcopal or the Methodist ladies.  On a side note, the chocolate cake recipe is yummy.

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What kind of affairs do you have where you live?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”  Revelation 19:7  NIV Bible