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Why I Bought a Fake Christmas Tree

There comes a time when one eats the words of the infamous saying, “I will never, ever……” and adopt another saying, ”never say never…” The decision to buy a fake tree does not happen overnight. Most of the time is it a series of events leading up to the decision-making moment. Why I bought a fake Christmas tree started in back 1982.There comes a time when one eats the words of the infamous saying, “I will never, ever……” and adopt another saying, ”never say never…” The decision to buy a fake tree does not happen overnight. Most of the time is it a series of events leading up to the decision-making moment. Why I bought a fake Christmas tree started in back 1982.

Thomas and I were still “newlies” and renovated our home just enough to have interest in the Johnston Women’s Club Christmas Too-wah for those the non-Southerners (tour). The problem was that I had NO furniture. Enter Cuz Wayne the town decorator. He raped the homes of the Herlong women. It was an excellent idea until the tour-ees walked through my home saying, “Isn’t that Josie Herlong’s fainting couch that her Momma’s second cousin twice removed left her when the family sold their lovely home on Legare Street in the SOB section of down-town Charleston back when the war of Northern aggression was fixin’ to occur?”

Posted in Christmas, stress by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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The Gay Football Kiss

 

I saw my friend Suzie Humphreys on FOX News last night concerning the kiss seen around the world. Suzie and I have shared the stage many times and I always appreciate her good common sense. One of the women on her talk show was okay with the Kiss and the other person was not. Suzie's comment was that we live in a country where we should be able to agree to disagree. I agree; this is the beauty of living in country. I may not like what happened but there is no reason why I, or anyone else who has an different opinion, be afraid to express themselves. The gay football kiss sparked many emotions in us all. I think the larger issue is if you disagree with someone or something, can you operate in high-principled thinking or low functioning reacting?

My Sweet Daddy and Me

I saw my friend Suzie Humphreys on FOX News last night concerning the kiss seen around the world. Suzie and I have shared the stage many times and I always appreciate her good common sense. One of the women on her talk show was okay with The Kiss and the other person was not.  Suzie’s comment was that we live in a country where we should be able to agree to disagree. I agree;  this is the beauty of living in this country.  I may not like what happened but there is no reason why I or anyone else who many agree or disagree, should be afraid to express themselves. The gay football kiss sparked many emotions in us all. I think the larger issue is if you disagree with someone or something, do you operate in  high-principled thinking or low functioning reacting?

Posted in emotions, life lessons, stress by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

I Gave Up Stress for Lent

A simple phone call pushed me over the edge. In a matter of minutes, my beautiful day filled with sunshine, pedicures, hair-dos and shopping was not the fun day I had planned. Now stress was added to my agenda. UGGGHHH. Have you ever been there? Then the thought hit me and I made a decision; I gave up stress for Lent.A simple phone call pushed me over the edge.  In a matter of minutes, my beautiful day filled with sunshine, pedicures, hair-dos and shopping was not the fun day I had planned. Now stress was added to my agenda. UGGGHHH.  Have you ever been there? Then the thought hit me and I made a decision; I gave up stress for Lent.

I researched for what people are giving up for Lent this year and I was hoping, just for fun, to find someone say that they are giving up Lent for Lent.

The Lenten Season is a time of sacrifice; or stop doing something we want.  We are to “give up”  or replace it with something better. Here is one Tweet I found interesting on the “Mother Ship” website for Lent;  a Catholic site. (I was reared an Episcopalian so I gave myself permission to go there.)

Posted in stress by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Confronting Negativity with Humor and Grace

POstcard-for-book-give-aways..We all have to deal with negative people, situations and unpleasant events.  We have all been affected by dysfunction.  The question is how do we function in dysfunction?  We have a choice;  act like Jerry Springer or C-Span. I choose to confront negativity with humor and grace .  You may even call it Amazing Grace.

A couple of things come to mind as I write this.  Trying times like these can be as confusing as a buzzard trying to eat an armadillo.  I actually saw this the other day.  Call is what you want- “possum on the half shell” but a couple of buzzards were totally confused on how to dine on the creature.  Armadillos are new to our areas so buzzards are learning about these armed critters. Many times we  are often not equipped to handle confusion and stress. We just want to run away but that only sets up the lesson to return and  be learned later.

Posted in funny, mother, motivation, stress, wisdom by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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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.

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.