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Bury Me With My Pearls: Now on Audio!

miss-south-carolinaYa’ll want to hear something exciting? My book, Bury Me With My Pearls, is now available in AUDIO! I personally read every word because you simply can’t fake a Southern accent! I wanted to share my Southern stories my way with a little Gullah influence plus a few stories with a hint of a “Nathern” accent. Just what are you in store for when you listen to Bury Me With My Pearls? Read an excerpt from the book below!

“Several years ago, I was asked to judge the Miss Mississippi Pageant. During my stay in the great beauty queen state of Mississippi, was the anniversary of the day I won the title of Miss South Carolina.

Too boot, Miss Mississippi whooped me at the Miss America Pageant.

Posted in Bury Me With My Pearls, Gullah, Miss America, Miss South Carolina, storytelling by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Miss America 2014 Sang a Solo with a Solo Cup

 

Like millions or just a half million (maybe this is the problem) who watched the Miss America pageant we observed Miss New York sit on the stage crossed-legged and sing a simple song while playing a large plastic drinking cup. Only minutes later, we watched as this same young woman was named Miss America. Her competition? A ventriloquist who brought the house down, classical pianist, opera singer and two beautiful dancers. So much for the image of Miss America twirling flaming-bladed batons. Miss America 2014 sang a solo with a solo cup.

Miss America 2014 Sang a Solo with a Solo Cup?

Like millions or just a half million (maybe this is the problem) who watched the Miss America pageant we observed Miss New York sit on the stage crossed-legged and sing a simple song while playing a large plastic drinking cup. Only minutes later, we watched as this same young woman was named Miss America. Her competition?  A ventriloquist who brought the house down, classical pianist, opera singer and two beautiful dancers.  So much for the image of Miss America twirling flaming-bladed batons. Miss America 2014 sang a solo with a solo cup.

I can think of lots of jokes:  I can understand being defeated by a “C” cup but a Solo cup? Miss Virginia, “A cup beat me.” Headlines from Atlantic City: Miss New York Takes Crown Singing a Solo with a Solo.

Posted in Miss America, pageants, red cup by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

I Won Miss America’s Boyfriend

“I hope you win.” I said.  “Oh,” said Miss Mississippi, “I’m gonna win. I know this is what our Lord has prepared for me.” It was a moment when I knew I was in the middle of something big.  On the Miss America stage I met Miss Mississippi and she won the title of Miss America; but I won Miss America’s boyfriend.“I hope you win.” I said.  “Oh,” said Miss Mississippi, “I’m gonna win. I know this is what our Lord has prepared for me.” It was a moment when I knew I was in the middle of something big.  On the Miss America stage I met Miss Mississippi and she won the title of Miss America; but I won Miss America’s boyfriend.

Years ago, I met Cheryl Prewitt, Miss America 1980.  Cheryl has always been a wonderful friend and support.  When it came time to write my book, “Bury Me with my Pearls,” I asked Cheryl to write a testimonial. #pearlsbook.  I was so touched by her words:

Posted in funny, Miss America 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.

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.

Imagine That!

I spent two wonderful days in Georgetown, TX speaking to the Texas Baptist Weekday Education Association. The close to 1,000 attendees were nurturing women who deeply love children. The group had hearts as big as the Lone Star State.

The conference theme was entitled, “Imagine That” based of the fabulous Christian song by Mercy Me, “I Can Only Imagine.”

My transporter, Celina, was delightful and drove me to see where I was speaking. Yes, everything is bigger in Texas and proven again when I saw the Georgetown Texas Baptist Church looming in the distance. I toured the education building and from that experience, I knew the sanctuary would be spectacular. I was not disappointed. My little Harmony United Methodist could fit in the church lobby.

Posted in attitude, church, conference, depression, humor, Miss America, motivation, Southern, Suzie Humphreys, Texas Baptist Weekly Education Association, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Spanx, False Eyelashes, and a Spray-on Tan

I opened the letter from the Miss South Carolina Organization.It read, “Join us for the 75th Anniversary of the Miss South Carolina Pageant where we will honor you for your reign……” All of this translated in my mind to….”Jane, you have to lose 15 pounds, try to erase 20 years, buy a new gown, Spanx, false eyelashes, a spray-on tan, make sure your roots are covered, get a facial, pedicure, manicure and take half a valium in case you don’t get this all together.

What would I do if the weight will not come off my body? I had heard about this all- in-one body suit that takes at least 15 pounds off. So on my speaking engagement to Minnesota, I went to the Mall of America to find the wonder garment.The first one of these spandex marvels I located could fit in the palm of my hand.I thought even Barbie would struggle with this thing. I pulled that gismo as high as my knee and knew then to peal it off. The search continued and I finally settled on a Nordstrom body suit.Pulling the undergarment up was like stuffing an opened can of Crest Rolls back into the canister.

Posted in beauty queens, Miss America, Miss South Carolina, pageants by Jane Jenkins Herlong.