Latest "Southern" Posts

Breast Cancer Saved My Life

While I was speaking at the 50 Shades of Pink event in Castroville, TX, a lovely woman approached me and said, “Breast cancer saved my life.”

Her story is nothing short of a miracle. She found a lump in her breast during a self-check examination. After a doctor’s visit, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. But this is not the end of the story. Her surgeon also found a more serious problem- a life-threatening aneurysm. After her repair surgery and breast cancer treatment, her passion in life is to speak with women on the importance of having regular mammograms and self-check routines. Wow, what a story!

When I speak for women, I always conclude my presentations with my original Healthy Woman Song. Go here for a good laugh and healthy reminder! My book, “What Ta-Tas Teach Us” is also a great reminder of what our female anatomy teaches us.

Posted in motivational speaker, Southern Humor, Speaking engagement, Ta-tas by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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The ‘What To Say’ Struggle

I was riding high after being crowned Miss South Carolina on Saturday night. Now it was time to prepare for the Miss America Pageant.

Sitting in the pageant shop my mind was spinning with thoughts of a myriad of things to check off my list before walking on the stage in Atlantic City. I sat down by an older woman as I waited to meet with the gown designer. “My grand baby is getting a new dress,” said the proud grandmother. “Oh, that is nice.” I replied. “Yes-sire-re, she is gonna be in another beauty pageant. She is the Cucumber Queen and will compete for the title of Miss Fresh Fruit and Vegetable.” (Believe it or not, this is a pageant in the state of South Carolina.) “How nice,” I said. “Yes, it is all we think about! We are so excited,” exclaimed the grandmother.

Posted in Miss South Carolina, perspective, Southern Humor, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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I’m Now a Member of the Speaker Hall of Fame

CPAE award copy

Last week, I had the great honor of being inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame during the National Speaker Association’s annual conference. This means I’m now a a CSP as well as a CPAE.

It was an honor that was voted upon by my peers. I’m thrilled to have been a 2016 inductee! Watch a clip of this amazing evening.

For more information about the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, go here. For more information about having me speak at your next event, go here.

Posted in conference, funny speaker, Southern Humor, successful speaker, successful women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Illumination Book Award Made My Southern Momma Proud

What a thrill to have my book received the top award in Spirituality from the Jenkins Group.  “Bury Me with My Pearls” received a Gold  Illumination Award. There were books from 28 countries entered in the competition. I was honored, surprised … and kinda shocked at the same time.What a thrill to have my book receive the top award in Spirituality from the Jenkins Group.  “Bury Me with My Pearls” received a Gold  Illumination Award. There were books from 28 countries entered in the competition. I was honored, surprised … and kinda shocked at the same time. The Illumination Book Award made my Southern momma proud.

Those of you who have read the book know that the first chapter is entitled, “My Mothers of Pearls” referring to my Momma and my second mother, Tootsie.  These women I considered my “nacre” or protective coating. They shared with me both great advice on top of some crazy info as I matured.

Jumping on a Po-Go stick was not allowed, nor were trampolines. Nope. No woman should do that to her body since you risk your “female parts” flipping.

The results would be horrific!

Posted in Southern, Women's Health by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Funny Stuff that Makes Us Laugh Out Loud

I am radar for humor. I just love to laugh out loud and a good story. So let me take you to fashion week in our county: the Spring event at the Ponderosa Country Club. In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls” I have a section entitled, “The Precious Pearls of Laughter.” Another way to say it in Pearl language is our irregular pearls called humor. #pearlsbook

I took my New York friend to Fashon week in our country-the Ponderosa Country Club. In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls” I have a section entitled, “The Precious Pearls of Laughter.” #pearlsbook

I am radar for humor.  I just love a good laugh and a good story. In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls” I have a section entitled, “The Precious Pearls of Laughter.”  Another way to say it in Pearl language is irregular pearls or funny stuff that makes us laugh out loud.

I have a New York friend that moved to “tiny town” as she calls it. Linda is a genuine New Yorker who has lovely taste in clothing; always complimented with her pearls. Being a lady of style and taste, I decided to tote her to our version of high society.  Linda has been involved in Fashion Week at Byrant Park…the ultimate fashion event in New York City.  Our version in “tiny town” is the Spring fashion show at the Ponderosa.  Just for the record, the show was not Western themed; nothing like that.

Posted in humor, Southern, women 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.

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.

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.

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.

Just Good Common Sense

My good friend, Virginia Honeycutt  sent me these timeless principles.  I posted on Twitter several quotes and many of you asked me to resend.  Enjoy!

Down-home Principles, Uptown Humor! by Jane Jenkins Herlong

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Posted in attitude, childhood, family, fun, funny, home, humor, motivation, opinion, Southern, Uncategorized, women, work by Jane Jenkins Herlong.