Posts tagged "Southern"

How to Experience Extragavant Joy


Bree Boyce Marsh chooses JOY! My buddy and Miss South Carolina “sistah” made a decision several years ago that changed her life in a dramatic way.

It is Miss South Carolina week and in honor of this exciting event and the theme of my new book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops,” I thought of Bree Boyce Marsh. Bree possesses many of the same qualities I highlight in a chapter in my book entitled, “Fearless and Fabulous Esther.”  Like queen Esther, Bree is brave, bold and beautiful. But it did not start out that way.

Bree was 17 years old and weighed in at 234. She was unhappy and traveling down a road with an unhealthy end. She made a dramatic decision. Bree began an extensive fitness program that turned this young woman into a new person. She lost 114 lbs. and went from a size 18 to a size 4. You see, Bree chose a challenging path but her journey led to extravagant JOY.

Posted in beauty queens, inspiration, Miss South Carolina by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Bury Me With My Pearls: If Only the Old Kitchen Table Could Talk

I’m ecstatic that my book, Bury Me With My Pearls is now available in AUDIO! Best of all, I wanted to share with ya’ll that I personally read every word because you just can’t fake a Southern accent! If you want to know what you’re in store for when you listen to my full book (hint: a lot of laughter and a few tears) you can view the excerpt below which was ripped straight from the pages of Bury Me With My Pearls.

“The more this table ages, the better it looks,” said the salesperson when Thomas and I bought our kitchen table. Years later that statement would have more meaning than the aging of the wood.

I dusted the kitchen table and saw the words, “Daniel C. Herlong” imprinted in the grain of the wood. I remember that was the time when Thomas father’s, Daddy Big John, was teaching Holmes and Caroline how to write cursive. The lesson was obviously repeated several times. Now we have an indelible memory of my father-in-law’s signature to cherish.

Posted in book release, Bury Me With My Pearls, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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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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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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Stupid Things That Busy People Do

“Is this Mrs. Herlong?’ Asked the stranger. “Yes, this is customer service for Neiman Marcus. One of our customer care associates received your return and when they opened the box, it was not the Joan Vass Poppy dress…it was a cell phone.” Busy people…

I only wished I could have been present when the Verizon Wireless people opened a similar box containing the Joan Vass dress….surprise! I am glad the female comedian in me is alive and well.

Posted in attitude, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Save the Church from Evil Spirits

Speaking in LA is always a treat; not Los Angeles but Lower Alabama. I was at an event filled with fun-loving men and women. The conversation shifted to the local news, “Y’all hear about that little-ol country church that burned yesterday?” “Thank the Lord, that church has been abandoned for years.” “Yes,” responded one of the ladies. “They say a bunch of chaps burned that church. But we know that is not true.” “Yep,” chimed in another voice. “It’s because of that outhouse behind the church……you know it is haunted.”

Speaking in LA is always a treat; not Los Angeles but Lower Alabama. I was at an event filled with fun-loving men and women. The conversation shifted to the local news, “Y’all hear about that little-ole country church that burned yesterday?” “Thank the Lord, that church has been abandoned for years.” “Yes,” responded one of the ladies. “They say a bunch of chaps burned that church. But we know that is not true.” “Yep,” chimed in another voice. “It’s because of that outhouse behind the church……you know it is haunted.”

I snapped to attention since I love a good Southern story. The conversation continued, “That is what they say,” commented another.  “That church is gone…burned down. But that outhouse is still intact.  It’s like an evil spirit living in that outhouse jumped inside that church and ruined it.”

Posted in church by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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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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