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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.

A Dose of Glamour and a Slice Humble Pie

Do you ever feel like that Mary Carpenter song entitled, “Sometimes You’re the Windshield, Sometimes You’re the Bug?”  This is life in a nutshell.  There will be those days when you have your act together and then the days when  “the dawg does not hunt.”   I think it keeps us in balance. Recently, I had what I call a dose of glamour and a slice of humble pie. Do you ever feel like that Mary Carpenter song entitled, “Sometimes You’re the Windshield, Sometimes You’re the Bug?”  This is life in a nutshell.  There will be those days when you have your act together and then the days when  “the dawg does not hunt.”   I think it keeps us in balance.Recently, I had  a similar experience I call a dose of glamour and a slice of humble pie.

Many yeeaars ago, when I was Miss South Carolina, I had been in three parades in one day and, totally fatigued, decide to break my rule of looking queenly. I put on a pair of jeans and removed my make-up; a true “plain Jane” look.” It was one of those days  beyond feeling like “sometimes you’re the bug.”  It was more like “sometimes you are the statue; sometimes you are the pigeon.”  I felt like the statue.

Posted in humor, memories, Southern, 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.

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.

Billy’s Funeral Home- Miss America Pageant Memories

I trained for pageant competition at Billy's Funeral Home.In the “minor league” pageants there are normally 4 categories on the judges’ ballots: poise, smile, projection, and overall appearance.  It does not take a genius to figure out that poise is smile, projection and overall appearance.  In fact, poise is everything.  I learn how to perfect my beauty queen walk and talk at Billy’s Funeral Home.  Billy helped me walk all the way to the major league of  pageantry,  the Miss America Pageant.

I heard that Billy’s  technique was the best in the South and to perfect took years of practice and discipline.  I heard that he had so many winners he lost count.  His accolades included the likes of “Miss Universe” to “Little Miss Saturday Afternoon at The Mall”.

Posted in America, attitude, beauty queens, fun, funny, humor, memories, Miss America, Miss South Carolina, pageants, Southern by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Remembering “Miss” Shellie’s” Gifts and her Christian Love

Remembering Miss Shellie's GiftMy Harmony church family always hosts bridal showers for our members.  One Sunday afternoon before one of our bridal celebrations, my mind drifted back to the Harmony UMC ladies of yester-year and one dear soul in particular, “Miss” Shellie Matheny.  I love remembering Miss Shellie’s gifts since her present not the most expensive but always the highlight of the church shower. No doubt Miss Shellie’s gifts were her expression of Christian love.

Miss Shellie would always give the most unusual gifts.  We all knew her package.  The large cardboard box was the most obvious of all presents.  Inside the box were several smaller gifts. There could be anything inside; one packet of oatmeal, a package of Lance crackers, a single box of matches, to whatever she thought you might need.  There was one incident when a roll of toilet paper was included.  And always, and I mean always, there would be a Danny Dozit pot cleaner.  Miss Shellie’s gift was a gift of love that was well thought out.

Posted in attitude, family, fun, funny, humor, memories, motivation, relationships by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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The Wedding Proposal

I answered my cell phone standing in the checkout line at Lowe’The Wedding Proposals. The voice on the other end was my Caroline. “Momma, where is Daddy?  Where is Holmes?  I need to tell you-all something!”  She was so excited, her words were running together.  I knew instantly what was going on.  “Caroline,” I said. “Are you and Drew engaged?”  I was right on target. It was the wedding proposal.

Thomas and I are thrilled with the news.  Caroline and Drew are wonderful couple and will have a great life together.

The next day, Thomas and I drove to DeBordieu Beach outside of Myrtle Beach and had dinner with Drew’s family.  Caroline and Drew took us to the place of the proposal.  It was terribly romantic;  Drew copied a poem on a piece of paper with burned edges, rolled it up and placed into a clear bottle. It was truly a romantic event.

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Ringtones say Volumes

Ringtones Say Volumes

It all started years ago when my tech-savvy son, Holmes said, “Hey, Mom, call my phone.  I want you to hear my ringtone for you.”  I did as he requested and heard the Charlie Brown sound imitating parents talking. For those who have never heard the sound, it is completely inaudible. It is like saying, “You are noise to me.”  I remember thinking that same thought when I was a teenager. Yes, ringtones say volumes.

That led to “who can find the most entertaining ringtone” contest.  Once, I was with my daughter Caroline and heard, “If I only Had a Brain” from the Wizard of Oz. She calmly looked at me and said, “Holmes is calling.” 

One memorable ringtone event was when I was using the bathroom at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport and heard the theme from “Jaws” coming from the next stall. If you have ever seen that movie and granted most have, you will check the body of water you are near….just to make sure.

Posted in attitude, family, fun, funny, humor, memories by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Vacation Lessons from Cancun

Vacation Lessons from Cancun

Some may think this post is about the “do’s” and “don’ts” of traveling in Mexico but not really.  I will have to admit with all the talk about crime and kidnapping in that country, I was concerned.  I knew that being constantly worried would ruin our trip. But God in His mercy taught me an unforgettable vacation lesson from Cancun.

Yes, the Cancun beaches looked like sugar and the water is the amazing color of turquoise.  We repelled in a Cenotes and saw ancient Mayan ruins, snorkeled coral reefs and shopped in Cozumel.  All of our excursions were adventurous and lovely. The two biggest events that battled my worries were the resident hotel peacock and a woman named Minnie.

Posted in attitude, Beach, memories, relationships by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Lowcountry Tides and Life Changes

Life Changes and the Lowcountry tides

Memorial Day weekend ushers in the official beginning of summer.  Along with the obvious tribute to our brave men and women in the armed forces, the sun seems a little hotter and the water temperature is not as cool. As a Lowcountry girl, I can relate to how the changes in the tides reminds me of  life changes.

Sunscreen, bottles of water, bread, peanut butter, etc., are all on my list to take in the boat.  My daddy, a seasoned Johns Island boater, always said to never leave the shore without food and water. So with the coolers packed and boat in good shape, off we went to  Abbapoola Creek to join a ka-zillion other boaters in Charleston.

To catch a high tide in the late afternoon is the most desirable scenario. We explored creeks with million dollar homes and passed jon boats with folks fishing and casting.

Posted in attitude, Beach, childhood, family, fun, Lowcountry, memories, relationships, Southern by Jane Jenkins Herlong.