Posts Tagged With: South

What’s up Doc…

The doctor’s office is rarely a pleasant experience for anyone. Here in the South it’s no different. I sit here today with a feverish, coughy, sneezy little boy.

So far, his two biggest worries have been getting a shot (not happening) and being up too high on the exam table. Of course he quickly decided to jump off of said table so he could climb back up.

Boys will be boys, even with a low grade fever.

Here’s to getting the little fella well, and stopping the fussin’.

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Back in the saddle

It’s been a while since the last posting. I promise that I have not forgotten about the blog. However, I have grossly miscalculated my commitments. Something had to take a hiatus, and this blog is what took the hit.

That being said, it is time to return to what makes the South what it is. Or at least to show a side that many never see.

One of my more recent endeavors, takes the form of a stage play. This December, Acclaimed director Peter Jackson, will release the first film in his trilogy of movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Personally, I am greatly looking forward to this film. So, I decided that our local arts organization should capitalize on it.

Therefore, we are performing our rendition of “J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit dramatized by Patricia Gray.” While it is not completely accurate to the novel, it is a well written attempt that gets the kids involved and allows them to have a great deal of fun.

Directing this show has been a great pleasure and a new opportunity for us to perform daytime shows for the local schools.

We live in an extremely rural community. The poverty rate among our high school students is over 60%. Yet, there are still those in our community willing to put time and effort into the arts. To give students positive experiences that will help build confidence and work to remove that dreaded fear of speaking (or performing) in front of a group.

Again, we may be a rural community, but that doesn’t mean that we all spend our time in the backwoods with no shoes on (not that there is anything wrong with that, Hobbits don’t wear shoes either).

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Everything old is cool again.

There’s been a style trend lately of making new things look old. Giving a patina to a new lamp so it looks like your grandfather owned it, or beating up a perfectly good piece of furniture so that it no longer looks like a perfectly good piece of furniture.

While that does happen here in the South, we also have our share of actual old things, not just re-creations.
Sometimes, however, even those need a little help.

I find the lamp in this picture to be beautiful. From what I understand it was left in a barn for the past thirty-something years. Then a kid in one of my classes gave it to me (we were trying to film at the time and needed some lighting). Because of it’s age and condition we promptly shorted out the socket and left it sitting in my room.

I got a wild notion the other day that this lamp would look really cool hanging over my desk, but I refused to put an Compact Florescent Bulb or a Light Emitting Diode in it. Even a regular light bulb wouldn’t look right. So, I invested in a new ceramic socket, wired it up using the original plug wire, and got it working again. The bulb, though, was the main event. It could make or break this lamp, either create an ugly combination of modern and vintage or truly shine out in all its glory.

An Edison bulb was obviously the only way to go. They have a really bright coil, but don’t put out much light. Basically, looking like the bulbs first invented by Thomas Edison (go figure).

I couldn’t be happier with the hanging lamp. Lots of dents, dings, blemishes, stains and filled with outdated technology. Kind of reminds me of myself.

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Ye Olde Country… or not

Look, I’ve included two pictures today. It’s to make up for those posts with no pictures.

But in all seriousness, I love castles. It may be my Irish/Scottish/Welsh/German heritage, but I have always thought they were simply cool. When I was younger I would read all about King Arthur and his knights. Later I branched out into Tolkien and Lewis, finally hitting Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin. Fantasy has always struck a cord with me. There is just something about the chivalry, the quests, and the fellowship (pun intended).

So, I look at castles. I have books with pictures of them. I look them up on-line. I like Castles.

Now, here is the question. Where are the castles featured in these pictures? Some Scottish Highland, a rolling hill in Ireland, the heart of London, Cardiff, or Berlin? Nope.

The first one, with the air-conditioner in the window, is about 10 miles from my house, in downtown Corinth, Mississippi. (The Castle is in Corinth, not me)  I don’t know much about it, but apparently, a “crazy cat lady” used to live there. Right now it is a bit of disrepair and up for sale. I really wish I had the time, money, and skill to go after it.

The second one, with the curved staircase, you may have seen before. It had a bit of fame in a recent music video by a county starlet, something about Romeo and Juliet. It stands close to 20 miles from my brother’s house.  Just outside of Franklin, Tennessee, this castle and the grounds surrounding it, serve as the backdrop for the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. It’s held every year in May and supports a great gathering of geekdom from all across the South.
That’s just one of the many things I love about living in the South. You really never know what you are going to find.

Picture credit: I took the Corinth, MS one. The other is from the Press Kit at tenrenfest.com

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Actions

We’ve all heard it said, actions speak louder than words. We all understand the fact that the things we do have a greater impact than the words we say. We can tell someone we love them, but when we take them somewhere, maybe fishing or a ballgame, we show them that they are important.

What is funny to me, is that this truth comes to us from such varied sources. This morning I read an article in a health magazine telling how to be a man. The point was that being a man doesn’t stem from some great epiphany, but from continuously doing the things a man should do.

This was from a completely secular source, however we get the same message from religions. The apostle Paul taught that faith, without action, was dead. In order for what you believe to have any real impact on your life, you have to do something about it.

This blog is not meant to be a religious one. However, that is part of life in the South. If you are reading this, and do not subscribe to these beliefs, I thank you for keeping an open mind and staying around long enough to read this final point…

Do something, get up, get out, and help somebody. Play ball with a kid, buy a meal for the hungry, build a bookcase. Unless you’re doing, you’re dying.

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Coming up a cloud

It’s been hot here lately. 100+ for the last week or so. However, at the moment it’s about 75 with a steady breeze and a good rain falling.

If you don’t know what a good rain is, it’s slow. It’s also steady, and it lasts a while.

Most summer rains that we get are the bad kind. Hard, brief, and fast. They do nothing more than make the heat worse and cause flash floods.

Yet, this is a good rain and there are few things better than sitting on the front porch and watching. That’s what I’m doing now. Yeah, I wish you were here too.

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Rural, not Redneck

There is a charm and a quiet dignity that come from living in the rural south. The nationally famous songs, movies, and news stories do not do justice to the type of person that makes these sleepy little towns their homes. There are always a few rowdy individuals that live up to the low expectations of the rest of the country. However, most of the people in our communities are loving and friendly people that are always on the lookout to help their fellow man.

This blog will document the great things about the community we live in and praise the good things from communities around us and around the nation.

If you’re from the South and want to know what your fellows are up to, or if you’re from anywhere else and would like to see what our life is really like…

Stay tuned.

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