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My Gullah Speech is Funny and Filled with Wisdom

 

“My new presentation is a celebration of the Gullah culture, its strong community and amazing comedy…”

I am blessed to have been reared on Johns Island where the “Mother Tongue of the Sea Islands” or Gullah is a predominate language. Many people I love and respect speak this cultural dialect. This way of communicating is not restricted to one particular race; my grandfather and father along with those born and breed on Johns Island had command of this unique language. Sadly, every day that passes there is one less soul who understands and/or communicates using this rare and almost poetic language.

You will love the priceless lessons I learned packed with common sense, nuggets of wisdom and timeless humor… “Gullah style.”

 

 

I love to share my Gullah speech filled with stories told by Gumpa, my grandfather who was fluent in Gullah. Other stories I love to tell are about Tootsie, my second momma; she was one of my WOW-Women of Wisdom.

You can read more about lowcountry wisdom in my new book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops.”

I have such fun telling lowcountry Southern stories filled with laughter followed with a sniff or two. Many of these stories I cherish even more today.

Give me a holler if you are interested in my new program, Lowcountry Gullah Laughter and Lessons. 803-480-1190.

Posted in Gullah, Gullah Presentations, Gullah Speaker, inspiration by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Would a Beauty Queen Dare Milk a Cow in a Beauty Pageant?

Booking Signing at Barnes and Noble in Augusta, GA January 27, Augusta Mall at 2 PM.

I heard this story and it quickly became one of my favorites to share from the platform. First of all, it is about a bold, beauty queen wanna-be. If you click on the video, it’s only 4.5 minutes, and you will hear funny moments plus great advice for the coming new year.

Here is my take of the story-

Challenge yourself! Talking to yourself negatively or listening to those who define you in a negative way, can be crippling. Give it a go and enjoy the possibilities!

Become really good at what you do. Malcolm Gladwell writes that ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness. Well, that’s lots of milk when it comes to this story!

Someone will move your bucket, too. Bless her heart, she did everything correct but someone mooved (can’t help myself) her bucket.

Yep, spilled milk happens. Now, here is the question…when someone moves your bucket, will you quit and cry over spilled milk or try it again?

Enjoy the video and share with someone who needs a laugh and encouragement to milk life for all its worth. 

Posted in attitude, inspiration, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Stop Being So Trashy; Read She Let GO!

Can You Let Go?

My knees buckled when I read this poem by Reverend Safire Rose entitled, She Let Go. This message is so simple but we make “letting go” so complex. Seriously, take time to read this poem and share it with others.

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

Posted in attitude, inspiration, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Laughing at Myself Through Christmas Stress

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Have you ever had a crazy day of busyness?

The song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, played over and over in my head. Can I add these new lyrics… for Christmas stress?
I was practically in a panic as I rushed to get dressed to start a long day of “to-dos.” My Christmas list was long and my time to shop was short. How strange—you don’t see men stressing out shopping… until Christmas Eve.

And after standing in seemingly endless checkout lines, and walking my legs off searching for non-internet ordered items, I was ready for a treat. Ahhhh, a pedicure.
I walked into a salon filled with my fellow, weary shoppers; they were ready to give themselves a few minutes of foot pleasure. I was fixated on the tub of swirling warm water that beckoned to my aching feet.

Posted in Southern Humor, stress by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Christmas Parades – What A Ride

I trained for pageant competition at Billy's Funeral Home.Gracious, I had a blast riding in Christmas Parades! I became a skilled candy-thrower and I had perfected my beauty queen wave. But I learned more than just how to wave in parades. I believe these “rhinestoned lessons” taught me how to laugh at myself along with developing a healthy attitude while riding in a kazillion Christmas parades. Here are a few really funny, timeless lessons I learned.

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.
    I was asked to be the Grand Marshall in a small town parade. Well, I thought I was the most important part of the parade until the Mayor told me that I was being replaced by the pride and joy of the town- a brand new, purple, sanitation truck. But the good news was I was allowed to ride in the front cab. It was a stitch! So there I sat, crown and all, as I rode through the elated town folks. They cheered and clapped… over their new, purple, dump truck. So much for me and my fabulous wave.

Posted in beauty queens, Christmas, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Tune In to My Latest Interview + More!

Y’all tune into to SiriusXM 141 at noon EST today (Wednesday) for my book interview with Willie Jolley!

This weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Todd Starnes Fall Get-a-way Week

end. It was held at the Cove, Billy Graham’s Conference Center in the beautiful mountains of Ashville, NC. The drive to the Cove alone was a kaleidoscope of breathtaking fall colors.

The weekend was filled with comedy, musicians and talented speakers.Comedian, Dennis Swanberg was a stitch, Lauren Green and Shannon Bream of FOX News touches our hearts and minds. It was a great group and an event to mark on your calendar for 2018.

 

Many of the speakers had some memorable quotes. Here are some of my favorites:

 

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. Yogi Beira

 

Disappointments are inevitable but discouragement is a choice.

 

Posted in book release, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

The Ta-Ta Song

No doubt, mammograms and taking care of our ta-tas can give us moments that flip us out. Last year when I was having my annual screening, I was told there was “something” there and a diagnostic was needed. I was not afraid until after several more films were examined, a sonogram was suggested. Yep, I about flipped out! Thank the Lord, all was well after several hours of rechecks.

 

My sister had the same experience but she was not as fortunate. She made a decision to stop having mammograms and years later, breast cancer was discovered leading to a double mastectomy. I will say that her attitude was wonderful during her treatment and, thankfully, she did recover.

Don’t neglect your annual mammograms and allow your health to flip-flop into a crisis. My new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops” is all about taking care of ourselves both physically, spiritually and emotionally. I decided to write a song to remind women to take care of themselves from “tops” to bottom. Click HERE to watch the Ta-Ta Song in action.

Posted in breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, encouragement, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops Excerpt

Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops Excerpt

Chapter One and Chapter Two

Thank you all for your help and support!  This has been an amazing journey! Click on the “book” below and enjoy the first two chapters of “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops!

Rhinestones on My Flip Flops

 

 

For those who are reading the book and are enjoying the message I would more than appreciate a review at any of the retail sites you can find it on! Bless you!! Just click HERE  or on the book image!

 

Reviews!

I enjoyed Herlong’s sense of humor and laughed out loud a few times while reading Rhinestones on my flip-flops. Each chapter of this fairly short book contains entertaining stories, some Biblical wisdom and some uplifting encouragement that could be applied during difficult times. I think this uplifting book could be encouraging to women of all ages and situations in life.

Posted in book release, fun by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Lessons from Rhinestones…Find Your Shine

Six days to go before “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops” is released!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhMTreK4lwI&feature=youtu.be

Undercover WOW Woman

 

Check out this early review from Netgalley:

This book is so snarky-funny, but in a gracious way. The author says all of those things that we know, but we don’t talk about. (Well, at least, us Southern girls were taught not to talk about them.) She keeps it real and opens up an honest conversation. This is like sitting down to coffee (maybe with a splash of Kahlua!) with your best girlfriend…

Have you ever felt like a complete flop? Has your life ever flipped? YES is my answer! Now, let’s add rhinestones to those flip-flops. This is why I wrote, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops: Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-ups.” This book is my journey; it’s your journey. Most of us struggle with deception, stress, holding on to the past, and those dreaded “middle age” issues. This book will make you laugh while learning life skills to be a better you!

Posted in humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Hurricane Irma Take-A-Ways

Supposedly, animals react during unusual weather.  I did not believe it until my feral-ish kitty ran through our den, jumped up onto the tv cabinet, and began fighting the swirling rains bands of Irma displayed on the television.  If that wasn’t enough, she then turned her attention to Jim Cantore, weather channel icon, and tried to fight him too.  You go, Jenks. I think all who were affected by  Hurricane Irma felt the same way.

That storm just kept flip-flopping! In my book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-flops” to be released in under two weeks, I focus on how life can change and flip so quickly, just like Hurricane Irma. Many “flip-flop stories” are included in my book but also how to sparkle and shine through these times

Posted in faith, funny, Hurricanes by Jane Jenkins Herlong.