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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.

Life Changing Laughter With Your Family

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Several years ago Thomas phoned with a big announcement, “I have a surprise for everybody. I’m driving up now.” The children and I raced outside, filled with laughter, and saw the object that challenged my wedding vows and changed my life forever—a boat. Not just any boat. A blue boat, its glittering paint sparkling in the sunlight. It reminded me of the Mike Benet pageant gown I wore in the Beaufort Water Festival. The children were thrilled. They thought it was beautiful.
Thomas is a man of good taste. Seeing him behind the wheel of that mirage-like, rhinestoned blue sequined boat seemed totally out of character. Thomas is more like Ward Cleaver than Larry the Cable Guy, or so I’d thought. 
Maybe that sparkly boat was his queenly tribute to the fact that he had dated two Miss Americas. “Did you know the boat was this color?” I asked hesitantly.
“Well, I knew the boat was blue, but not this kind of blue,” Thomas replied, not making sense. What frightened me the most was the massive engine attached to the stern. Yes, I said stern. Here lies yet another problem. I know very little about boats. Honestly, the entire thing resembled a piece of blue, rhinestone-encrusted plywood with a space shuttle engine attached to its rear.
To make boating even more interesting, Thomas honors only two speeds: dead still and g-force fast. We were in trouble. 
The boat did well in the lake near our home but taking it to the ocean brought new challenges. Tide changes create banks—big islands of pluff mud and/or oyster shell beds. We knew where practically every bank was located—we hit all of them. I kept an old pair of shoes in the boat because I became the designated “pusher.” You may ask, don’t you have a depth finder? Yes, but by the time it beeps you’re already up the “crick.”
I realized the Blue Beauty Queen is one of those big toys that men love to buy that resulted in even bigger family memories. I have no idea what happened to that sparkly boat but I do know there were times of being stared at, pointed to, and laughed at as we cruised open water and got stuck on banks. The greatest lesson is that we learned to laugh at ourselves; that glittery boat taught us how to sparkle and shine.
Pass this on to someone who needs to be reminded that developing a sense of humor starts with being able to laugh at yourself!
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Posted in family, humor, laughter, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Laughing Yourself to Death

I had heard of the dreaded occasions when people in your audience “fall-out.” It is one scary moment when you hear, “Stop! Is there a doctor? Call 911!” I was in the middle of a punch line when someone in my audience just fell over. I could not tell who it was. The good news is that it turned out to be a “low-sugar” issue but at the time no one knew.   Laughing yourself to death may be a good thing!I had heard of the dreaded occasions when people in your audience “fall-out.” It is one scary moment when you hear, “Stop! Is there a doctor? Call 911!” I was in the middle of a punch line when someone in my audience just fell over. I could not tell who it was. The good news is that it turned out to be a “low-sugar” issue but at the time no one knew.   Laughing yourself to death may be a good thing!

After several minutes, I decided to continue my presentation but what to say? I knew the right thing to do was to say, “Why don’t we pray?” I started the prayer with, “Oh, Lord bless this”…..I paused since I could not tell if it was a man or a woman. ….. “uh…..MAN as HE….” Then, from the bowels of the audience I heard, “That is Aunt Eula-Mae!” I just wanted that stage to open and swallow me whole. If that was not bad enough, I said it AGAIN. And again, I heard, “That is Aunt Eula-Mae!” By the grace of God, I managed to ease back into my speech with some light humor and pick up where I left off.

Posted in attitude, laughter, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Facebook? I’m so Old I Need a Ouija Board to Contact My Friends.

I love listening to the wisdom of my older friends.  There is a wealth of information and insight that only older folks understand.  In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls,” I talk about those precious pearls of wisdom.  Here is a good one:  “Facebook? I’m so old I need a Ouija Board to contact my friends.”  I love listening to the wisdom of my older friends. There is a wealth of information and insight that only older folks understand. In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls,” I talk about those precious pearls of wisdom. Here is a good one: “Facebook? I’m so old I need a Ouija Board to contact my friends.”

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine……” “Sometimes,” says Roger Rabbit, “the only weapon we have is a laugh.” Amen. I have always heard that tragedy plus time equals comedy. My question is, “Can you find the humor?” No disrespect meant when horrible things happen but humor and levity can be healing. One of my dearest friends pre-maturely lost her husband to cancer. As we watched and waited in the hospital for the inevitable, she looked and me and said, “I just hope he does sit up in bed and yell out the name of his old girlfriend.” I knew, right then, she was going to be ok.

Posted in aging, attitude, Bury Me With My Pearls, Facebook, humor, laughter, life lessons, Southern, stress, teachings, wisdom by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My Mama and Her “Pearls” of Wisdom

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My new book, Bury Me with My Pearls, will be released November 12, 2013. This book is a treasure of humor, memories and spiritual truths in memory of my mother, Eleanor McElveen Jenkins.  My tag line is, You May Die Laughing While Learn how to Live.  This book is my tribute to my Mama and her “pearls” of wisdom.

My mother gave great advice.  I will never forget the lecture she gave me on the eve of my wedding.  Eleanor said, “Take care of your husband.  “For every headache you have, there is a woman out there with an aspirin in her pocketbook.”  And all the men say, AMEN.

My mother was popular.  I took her to a speaking engagement and she was quite the star.  Several audiences members came to me after the speech and wanted their picture made.  I fluffed my hair only to be handed the camera to take a picture of them and my mother.

Posted in attitude, daughters, faith, family, humor, laughter, life lessons, Lowcountry, Mama, mothers, motivation, opinion, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My Impression of Miss America 2014

On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City……welcome home, Miss America.  Glad to have you back. I will be honest, Miss America won my viewing preference but it was tough to record my favorite show, “Breaking Bad.” Then I thought if only a Miss America contestant’s talent was making Crystal Meth…….shame on me. Here isOn the Boardwalk in Atlantic City……welcome home, Miss America. Glad to have you back. I will be honest, Miss America won my viewing preference but it was tough to wait to watch my favorite show, “Breaking Bad.” Then I thought if only a Miss America contestant’s talent was making Crystal Meth…….shame on me. Here is my impression of Miss America 2014; a pageant that I was a part of many years ago. my impression of Miss America 2014; a pageant  that I was a part of  many years ago.

The women were amazing.  As one contestant speaks the side bar pops up giving us an inside track into her life.  Written about a contestant was, “ earned her BA and MA in four years.”  The next contestant’s side bar said, “secretly afraid of clowns.” Somehow those comments seemed a bit unequally. I thought I would want my side bar to say: Will secretly give away all of her earnings if chosen Miss America…. to the judges.

Posted in America, attitude, beauty queens, humor, laughter, memories, Miss America, Miss South Carolina, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Southern Traditions: No White Shoes after Labor Day

The day after Labor Day is secretly celebrated as finding out who is one of our kind. A true Southern woman only has to glance down and have her curiosity and heritage satisfied. It is a private club with no meetings and only one activity. The dues, however are enormous. It is one of our many Southern traditions; no white shoes after Labor Day.The Sunday after Labor Day, Caroline ran down the stairs on her way to church.  I stared at her feet in disbelief.  “Caroline!” I exclaimed.  “Your shoes! ”  The tone in my voice was as dramatic as if a robber had broken into the house. “Oh, Mama!  I forgot.”  She ran upstairs and reappeared wearing a darker, more appropriate color.  To my relief, the child understood the importance of this unspoken rule.   “Oh.” I reflected.  “I have done a wonderful job raising a true Southerner belle.  She did not protest, fuss or whine…..she protected herself from scandal and preserved our family honor.  It is one of our many Southern traditions;  no white shoes after Labor Day.

The day after Labor Day is secretly celebrated as finding out who is one of our kind.  A true Southern woman only has to glance down and have her curiosity and heritage satisfied. It is a private club with no meetings and only one activity.  The dues, however are enormous.

Posted in attitude, family, fun, funny, laughter, mother, Uncategorized, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Life Lessons from the Rat at Disney World

It was truly a magical moment. With days of happy faces, Mickey Mouse treats, and children topped with hats resembling Disney characters, we saw a rat. We were standing in the middle of Epcot's Italy when all of a sudden a rat  made a surprise appearance.  I was reminded of some timeless  life lessons from the rat at Disney World.

It was truly a magical moment. With days of happy faces, Mickey Mouse treats, and children topped with hats resembling Disney characters, we saw a rat. We were standing in the middle of Epcot’s Italy when all of a sudden a rat  made a surprise appearance.  I was reminded of some timeless  life lessons from the rat at Disney World.

We had just left Alice in Wonderland and were approaching Mary Poppins. We were all captivated with memories of our childhood icons.  Thomas must have starred at Mary Poppins for five minutes.  I told him he looked like a stalker.  He said, “I was trying to figure out why she doesn’t sweat.” Even with his left brain thinking, Thomas, like the rest of us, was in a magical mode.

Posted in attitude, change, determination, Disney World, faith, fun, funny, humor, laughter, leadership, life lessons, memories, Mickey Mouse, motivation, relationships, stress by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

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.

Beauty Queen Bra Pads and Breast Implants

I learned to laugh at myself after the Miss America when I lost my floating friends swimming in the pool on my Honeymoon! I love those beauty queen pads!Enjoy my attached  funny YouTube video, too!

I guess you are wondering how I made it all the way to The Miss America Pageant. I am not exactly 26-23-36.  But there are these lovely little helpers that can give you the hour glass figure needed to compete. You can fake it at Miss America but not to be confused with Miss USA.  They actually have designated personnel that “check” your swimsuit and evening gown to make sure it is all you.  Most men would pay to have that job. Yes, many have to use beauty queen pads and breast implants.

However, there should be a warning attached to wearing such enhancers.  DO NOT JUMP INTO A SWIMMING POOL OR JUMP OFF A DIVING BOARD WHILE USING.  THIS CAN CAUSE EMBARRASSMENT.  This is first hand info, believe me.

Posted in fun, funny, laughter, memories, Miss America, Miss South Carolina, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.