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Little Town of Johnston has Magic Moments

Life offers many magical moments that can be missed. As annoying as it can be, signs requesting “Turn off your cell phone,” can force us to experience more entertainment than expected.

In my new book to be released in September, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops,” I highlight the frustration of Martha who was so busy getting ready for Jesus that she missed listening to his teaching. Her sister, Mary, soaked it in, but Martha was distracted and became a stressed-out, mess-up. Hummmmm, know anyone like this? Guilty.


My daddy loved to sit and visit. He always said that people are the best entertainment. Daddy was not much of a talker, but he was a great observer. Even if the technology was available, there is no way my daddy would stare at a smartphone; he experienced many magical moments even in our little town of Johnston.

Posted in country, growing up, perspective by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Gullah and Johns Island – Remembering My Past

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When the folks at Elysian Magazine asked if I knew any Charleston chefs, I said “Well, I know a fabulous Lowcountry Gullah cook who has been cooking for Johns Island’s Rural Mission for over 30 years.” The next thing you know, I am calling Doris Sease (daughter of my beloved Tootsie) and arranging a photo shoot on our property on Johns Island.  The magazine just came out this week entitled, Continuing a Legacy.  Be sure to pick up a copy of Elysian Magazine and read this wonderful article.

 

 

 

Writer, Abby Derring and photographer, Josh Norris captured the essence of Doris’ unnamed (1)passion for community work, church and cooking.

The article included the historic Moving Star Hall where members “sang with their whole body.” Tootsie was a member of the Moving Star Hall Singers; a group proclaimed as the ‘bearers of the oldest layer of Afro-American cultural expression in America’. I remember when Tootsie performed at the Smithsonian and in other prestigious places across the county. Doris began cooking when Tootsie began touring.

Posted in Charleston, country, Gullah, Johns Island by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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A Lesson from Aunt Naomi’s Pig; Never Give Up

Years ago, we had a pig in the community of Harmony that became a pest. Ironically, this pig was making our community everything but harmonious. The pig came out of nowhere and had been living in our yards for a month or so. It rotated from home to home; I guess you could say it is a homeless pig. One day my mother-in-law, who is basically a kind and gentle person, threw a rock at it. Twice it was hit by a car and reported dead, but the pig was still alive. I learned a valuable lesson from Aunt Naomi's Pig: Never Give up.Years ago, we had a pig in the community of Harmony that became a pest. Ironically, this pig was making our community everything but harmonious.  The pig came out of nowhere and had been living in our yards for a month or so.  It rotated from home to home; I guess you could say it was a homeless pig.  One day my mother-in-law, who is basically a kind and gentle person, threw a rock at it. Twice it was  hit by a car and reported dead, but the pig was still alive. I learned a valuable lesson from Aunt Naomi’s Pig: never give up.

We discovered  the pig belongs to one of the farm workers named Hamp. Unfortunately he was unable to catch it due to a strange accident.  It seems he was intoxicated and sat on the lighted kerosene heater thinking it was the toilet.  That just hurts even to think about.

Posted in attitude, country, determination, laughter, leadership, teachings, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.