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Christmas Parades – What A Ride

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!

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.

My WOW Woman Momma and Hurricane Irma

I am watching Hurricane Irma and could not resist sharing this story about my funny and WOW mother (Woman of Wisdom).

 

My new book, “Rhinetones on my Flip-Flops” to be released on 9/26 is loaded with some of my favorite Southern tales so here is a memory to make you chuckle. Only in the South…

My WOW Woman Momma and Hurricane Irma

Momma was in the Intensive Care Unit recovering from heart surgery. We were only allowed to visit every two hours; I was always anxious to see her every morning. Momma’s doctor, Dr. Schweiger was making his rounds. My sister and I talked him into delivering a container of green peas and whipped potatoes—Momma’s favorite. Bless his heart, he was not thrilled walking into ICU carrying momma’s “breakfast.”

We had already made history at Roper Hospital. Momma missed her hair appointment—the first time in 48 years. You see it was Wednesday.

Posted in family, fun, funny, humor, Hurricanes, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Communication Skills and Mishaps

I love writing about the fearless, fabulous, and first lady of pageantry Queen Esther in my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops.” It was a blast reminiscing about pageants and the many hours I spent working on my interview and communication skills while laughing at myself through the mishaps.

Communication Skills and Mishaps

I consider “pageant world’  life on steroids.  Preparing for the Miss America Pageant was a great teacher for the rest of my life since communication is a key element for success. Unlike the other phases of competition, this is one aspect that won’t develop wrinkles or sag with age. Our communication skills improve as time passes. Call it whatever, interview is where I learned the fine art of expression. There are two kinds of skills: dumb and smart.  Here is dumb.

Posted in beauty pageants, beauty queens, funny, humor, laughter, memories by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Undercover WOW Woman – Aunt Naomi

Aunt Naomi – An Undercover WOW Woman

 

You know who they are—the quiet “she-ros” of the church and community. In my new book to be released September 26, Undercover WOW Woman2017, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops” I discuss this amazing type of Woman of Wisdom. Pay attention to these “sainted ladies.” They have deep faith and wisdom through their many acts of kindness that are the fundamental pillars of a thriving body of believers.

Too bad Glenn Campbell never lived to hear my rewrite of his song, “Rhinestoned Cowboy” to my parody, “She Wore her Rhinestoned Jesus.” Aunt Naomi’s rhinestones were never worn on the outside of her clothing but on the inside of her heart. She had a gift that kept on giving—that stands tall today as a monument to her faithfulness.

Posted in faith, faithful, Womanhood, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Funny Story About a Wal-Mart Greeter- Do you know your Employees?

I love a funny story and here is one I could not resist sharing—a genuine flip-flop in communication.


At a dinner party the other night, the conversation drifted to Wal-Mart greeters since my very bored, post-Ford Motor Credit executive and brother-in-law, Stanley, became a Wal-Mart greeter for a brief period of time. One of our dinner party pals was able to relate to Stanley’s greeter tales. Their story was quite humorous and interesting… a Wal-Mart store manager obviously was unaware of his greeter’s resume. This is a funny story!

The greeter was habitually late but an excellent employee. Out of frustration concerning this gentleman’s tardiness, the Wal-Mart store manager had a one-on-one meeting. “So,” inquired the boss, “were you ever late arriving at your former job?”  “Why, yes,” answered the greeter. “Well, tell me, what comment was made upon your late arrival?”

The greeter replied, “Good Morning, Admiral Jones. Would you like another cup of coffee?”

Posted in funny, funny speaker by Jane Jenkins Herlong.