Walking the social tightrope

I remember Granny Mac coming home from Eastern Star and saying, “I saw that Minne Lee, and she didn’t say hello, kiss my foot, ‘ner nuthin’!” Snubbed she was, snubbed! The social protocol had not been followed. She had not been acknowledged. It was easy then to identify when one had been given the brush-off….

Standing on the promises

Nowadays, when the work day nears an end and there’s not enough time left to start another project but too much time to call it church and head to the house, we automatically turn to the computer to fill that void. We stare until our eyes burn at the glare of news, friend updates, celebrity…

Steam Table Etiquette

One of the most miraculous inventions ever is the steam table. For those of you not familiar with this giant of gastronomical gadgets, let me explain. The steam table is a long, stainless steel contraption filled with hot water to keep bins of food warm, palatable, and at the ready for the hungry throngs who…

Tomorrow is another day

History is both a blessing and a burden to the Southerner. We cling to our traditions like a lifeline. We pass down heirlooms and recipes from generation to generation. We tell tales of our ancestors both heroic and hapless. Many of us carry the names of those who came before. We reenact. We recount. We…

What the possum loves

Husband is haunted. Haunted by possums. In college, he lived with several roommates and a couple of cats in an old, rambling house near Shoal Creek. For a while, he had suspected that a little visitor had found its way to the gravy train through the hole in the pantry floor – a visitor the…

What evah will ah do? Where evah shall ah go?

Tropical Storm Lee blew through yesterday taking with it our power and all of our concomitant conveniences – lights, television, and coffee pot on the most base level; laptops, cell phones, and Angry Birds on a frivolous level. I have found that I can live without all of these things, and that sometimes I actually…

“Never wear cheap shoes” and other Labor Day advice

On this Labor Day, I find my thoughts turning to one of the hardest working people I ever knew, Granny, who gave me many pieces of valuable advice regarding work and working. She told me to take business classes in college. As a teenage aspiring artist, I naturally rebelled against the idea but did it…