I Am Not Ashamed Of My Heritage…, Maybe

It’s a tough time to be a somewhat-progressive white southerner with a history fetish. On one side are all your liberal friends insisting that the War Between The States (which is the polite name and southerners are nothing if not┬ápolite) was all about┬áslavery. On the other side are your conservative friends who maintain that the […]

Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’

“Don’t get above your raisin’ ” is one of those uniquely southern sayings, like “Bless your heart”, “How’s your mama and ’em” and any phrase with the word “fixin’ ” in it. You don’t hear it so much anymore, it was dying out as my generation came along. But, I did hear some old-timers use […]

The Two Faces of the South

Before I say anything else, I want to profess my love of the region I’ve lived in all my life. It has formed me, nurtured me and helped make me the man I am today. In many ways, the southeastern United States is a world unto itself and there are many good things here. Family […]